Iyengar: Symmetry and alignment B.K.S. Iyengar developed this yoga style, which stresses understanding the body and how it works. Students focus on symmetry and alignment, using props â€” such as straps, blankets, wooden blocks, and chairs â€” to achieve postures. Each pose is held for a longer amount of time than in most other yoga styles. Teachers of this discipline must go through an intense, long, and rigorous training program.
a yoga of precise poses that are held, sometimes with the aid of props like belts or blocks
hatha yoga practice that emphasizes structure and alignment using props
a type of yoga named after its founder, Sri BKS Iyengar
Iyengar (or Aiyangar) is the name of a community of Tamil Brahmins of South India whose members subscribe to the Visishtadvaita philosophy codified by Ramanuja. The word Iyengar (Anglicised from the Tamil à®à®¯à®™à¯à®•à®¾à®°à¯(Aiyaá¹…kÄr)) literally means "people characterized by Five Components", referring to the five parts of Divine worship that Sri Vaishnavas who have had pancha samskara under a qualified guru perform.(Also see http://www.ahobilamutt.org/samas.html). Experts in historical linguistics observe however that the appellation 'Iyengar' is similar in formation to other historically known appellations such as 'appangar', 'annangar', 'ammangar' - all of which are constituted of two terms viz., a kinship term denoting an 'elder' and the Telugu honorific 'garu', a term of respect - appropriately contracted to 'gar' in spoken Tamil.