Iyengar Yoga, named after and developed by B. K. S. Iyengar, and described in his bestselling 1966 book Light on Yoga, is a form of yoga
as exercise that has an emphasis on detail, precision and alignment in the performance of yoga
postures (asanas). The style often makes use of props, such as belts, blocks, and blankets, as aids
in performing the asanas. The props enable beginning students, the elderly, or those with physical limitations to perform the asanas correctly, minimising the risk of injury or strain. B. K. S. Iyengar began teaching yoga
as exercise gradually, starting with individual pupils such as the violinist Yehudi Menuhin, whom he met in 1952; Menuhin's fame helped to propel Iyengar Yoga
as a brand in the Western world.
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