Yoga - Iyengar Style

Yoga - Iyengar Style Fitness Training

Yoga - Iyengar Style Description

Iyengar yoga consists of a series of postures or poses known as asanas which are aimed at achieving physical and mental control and relaxation. Iyengar promotes physical self-awareness, emphasizing proper structural alignment with static poses that involve meticulous attention to detail. In addition, Iyengar yoga helps improve flexibility, increase muscular tone and improve circulation. This yoga style is an excellent method of stress reduction and muscle relaxation as well as a valuable rehabilitative and therapeutic tool. Beginners should seek out qualified instruction.

Yoga - Iyengar Style Warnings

  • People suffering from chronic lower back, knee, elbow, wrist, shoulder, ankle, hip or pelvic injury or pain should receive medical clearance before engaging in this form of yoga.

Yoga - Iyengar Style Risks

  • Muscle strain from improper exercise technique

Yoga - Iyengar Style Sport-specific applications

  • Flexibility, endurance, postural awareness, and the mental focus benefits of yoga will aid performance in almost any activity

Yoga - Iyengar Style Equipment required

  • Clothing should be comfortable and not restrict movement

Yoga - Iyengar Style Applicable substitutions

  • Martial arts (meditation aspects and mental focus training)
  • Meditation

Yoga - Iyengar Style Reference sources, organizations and publications

  • Yoga Journal: 2045 University Ave. #302, Berkeley, CA 94704, (415) 841­9200



Fitness Benefits

  • Cardiorespiratory 2
  • Flexibility 5
  • Muscular Strength 2
  • Muscular Endurance 3
  • Body Fat Recution 1

Fitness Requirements

  • Cardiorespiratory 1
  • Flexibility 2
  • Muscular Strength 1
  • Muscular Endurance 2
  • Coordination/Skill 2

Muscle groups used

Primary muscles: This technique involves utilization of every major muscle group in the body

Energy expenditure

Approximately 0.016 Calories per minute per pound of body weight

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