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Iyengar yoga, pioneered by its namesake – Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja (B.K.S.) Iyengar, who lived healthily till 95! – is hugely popular worldwide, with followers including our editorial director Frith Thomas and celeb chef Nigella Lawson.

This precise form of yoga has stood the test of time for good reason – it can be attempted by everyone, at any age or fitness level. “No one is too old, overweight or unhealthy to begin Iyengar and benefit from it,” says Carla Rech, chairperson of the BKS Iyengar Yoga Institute of Southern Africa.

The use of props, for novices and pros alike, is encouraged to minimise risk of injury and bring intelligence to poses so that you get the most out of them, explains Carla. “From helping to open up your chest for proper breathing to getting you into a headstand safely, Iyengar

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