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Iyengar Yoga The originator of Iyengar yoga is Belur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar. He has been practicing this recreation technique for more than 60 years. The founder of Iyengar yoga Iyengar yoga is considered to be one of the leading meditation instructors worldwide. Iyengar was born into a poor family in the village of Belur located Karnataka, South India. Iyengars are a group of people of Brahmins who study the ancient religious texts and the Vedas that designate a supreme human being, as well as the auxiliary gods, whose survival depends upon the all-powerful God. Iyengar began teaching the meditation technique of Iyengar yoga from the year 1937 and has since traveled the world, spreading his ideas to the Western world. The practice of Iyengar yoga is characterized by the use of straps, belts, sandbags, blocks, and benches to aid in performing 200 asanas and creating body alignment along with equally important 14 pranayamas (breaths). The advantages of Iyengar yoga include increased comfort and blood circulation, stronger muscles, better posture, and coordination and also feeling more at peace, with less stress and anxiety. At present time, Americans practice this style of meditation in the tens of thousands, educated by certified teachers from IYNUS.