Origin: B.K.S Iyengar—considered the world's greatest living yoga teacher—is the creator of Iyengar yoga, which emerged in India in 1975. Yoga’s popularity in the West can be attributed to Iyengar, whose technique is the most widely practiced form of Hatha yoga.
Philosophy: A precise focus on structural alignment (often with the aid of props, such as blocks and straps) is what gives Iyengar yoga a high level of integrity, and makes it the foundation of many spin-off styles of yoga.
What to Expect: Prepare to work your legs with lots of standing and balancing poses spread throughout the sequence. Teachers are very verbal, correcting misalignment and encouraging full engagement of legs and core in each pose. You'll emerge with a new strength and confidence that goes beyond the mat.
Try it if…
… you like explicit instruction. Or if you have the blues—this therapeutic practice is said to alleviate depression, anxiety, anger, and fatigue.