Iyengar Yoga is a form of Yoga, adopting postural exercises and puts emphasis on precision, detail and structural alignment of the physical body when performing the postural exercises.
Props such as books, belts, blocks and blankets are often used in the aid of performing the exercises. The props enable beginning students, the elderly, or those with physical limitations to perform the asanas correctly, minimising the risk of injury or strain.
Unlike other forms of Yoga where the student is often expected to "find their way" by mimicking the instructor, since Iyengar Yoga is precise, any misalignments and errors are explained and corrected by the teacher.
Iyengar Yoga encourages precision and focus while performing the postural exercises. This quality can be carried over into everyday life and applied to anything one does and helps one-self become stronger both physically and mentally. Like any other form of Yoga, it is a form of relaxation and meditation, helping with depression, stress and anxiety.
Typically loose-fitting clothings or leggings are worn for Yoga classes.