What is Iyengar yoga?

Iyengar yoga is a form of yoga developed by BKS Iyengar, a former student of Krishnamacharya. Based in Puna, India, BKS Iyengar has been teaching yoga since 1936. Author of the best seller "Light on Yoga", he is one of the word foremost exponent of Hatha yoga, and has trained countless yoga teachers all over the world. There are Iyengar yoga institutes all over Europe, as well as in America, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The Iyengar method places special focus on developing strength, endurance and correct body alignment in addition to flexibility and relaxation. Standing poses are emphasized in this system of yoga. They build strong legs, increase general vitality, and improve circulation, coordination and balance. BKS Iyengar has systematised over 200 yoga postures and studied their therapeutic applications. His emphasis is on precision and correct alignment of the various part of the body, so that the physiological systems can function at their best. Iyengar yoga is strong, but relatively static.