Proper alignment of bones and joints allows you to achieve better balance and stability with less physical effort. Proper alignment promotes circulation, creates more space between internal organs and provides a balanced flow of energy, improving health and well-being.
For the student who tries to adjust the positions, this action is often ineffective because he compensates with other parts of the body. Later, with constant practice, he increases awareness and intelligence of the body in order to correct the positions without the need to compensate with other parts of the body. Mindfulness provides the tools to open up those parts that were previously blocked.
Through its practice, Iyengar Yoga makes us understand the relationships between the various parts of the body. For example, in standing and bending positions it teaches us that it is the action of the legs and feet that determines the lengthening of the spine.
In the beginning the pupil’s attention is able to turn only to the external “movement” of the body. Over time he changes his way of doing yoga learning to use all perceptions to feel not only what happens outside but also what happens inside the body. The mind acts as a bridge between the muscular movements and the organs of perception, this process is called “action”.
The personalization of the positions with the help of the teacher makes it possible to take into account the needs and limits of the student, paying attention to physiological, psychological and health changes.
The use of simple supports (such as wooden blocks, blankets, belts, and benches) allows you to maintain the asanas (positions) longer. Maintaining a position for a short time brings benefits only on a physical level, maintaining it for longer times allows you to achieve benefits also on the level of the internal organs and the mind.