No matter what style of yoga you practice, it has been influenced by B.K.S. Iyengar.
The huge popularity of yoga in the West can in large part be attributed to Mr. Iyengar, who first introduced his style of yoga to the United States several decades ago.
Many of his innovations are standard features today. The use of props in Iyengar Yoga has been one of the fruits of Mr. Iyengar’s innovative genius.
Misunderstood by many, it has also been the object of ridicule and jokes. However, because of Iyengar’s in-depth work with props, people of all ages and health conditions can perform the asanas with ease and thus experience a plethora of benefits from yoga. One of his most significant contributions, however, has been the use of yoga as a therapeutic tool.
His discoveries have provided evidence of yoga’s power to deal with a host of maladies, and the results of his work have raised the credibility of yoga in the scientific and medical communities. For students with ailments or limitations, the use of a belt, bolster, or block is a saving grace that allows the student to do poses that they would otherwise be unable to do—certainly not classically.
With props, students with heart ailments, respiratory problems, or neck or back problems are able to relieve their suffering and begin to heal. As they improve and can do the poses independently, the props may be eliminated.