“What distinguishes Iyengar yoga from the proliferation of yoga styles and hybrids is a complete, exacting attention paid to alignment. Props may be used to increase awareness and to make the poses accessible. Sometimes, we hold the poses longer than students might be used to in a flow-style class. There is an emphasis on movement, but then learning how to calmly abide in the body.
Unlike many popular, trademarked yoga styles, we don't do one sequence every day, which can and often does result in injuries. Even though we do repeat some of the same poses, there is a lot of diversity in the sequencing. In my experience, that helps prevent injury and overuse. Iyengar’s approach is therapeutic in nature. That is a huge aspect to the practice.”
— Carrie Owerko, Iyengar Yoga Teacher, Senior Intermediate II. NY Times