Iyengar yoga is deeply rooted in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. It is recognized for it's thorough exploration of asana as it relates to the student physically, emotionally, spiritualy, physiologically, and psychologically.
An Iyengar class is safe and has a sequence that is systematic, it is designed to build on individual's skill from pose to pose and class to class. Like other styles of yoga, practitioners will build stamina, concentration, and flexibility. But, mostly will understand proper body alignment. Some poses may be held to focus on form and pricise alignment. Students will sharpen their skills of observation and how the poses affect their physical and mental states. Unique to Iyengar Yoga:
precise use of language
integration of philosophy
use of props to deepen understanding of actions in poses
highest standards of training
Certified Iyengar teachers are held to unusually rigorous standards earning thier certification after years of dedicated practice, training and evaluation by trained and qualified assessors.
Suggested Reading List:
Light On the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali~BKS Iyengar
Yoga A Gem for Women~ Geeta Iyengar