These props function as aids allowing beginners to experience asanas more easily and fully than might otherwise be possible without several years of practice. Props also allow tired or ill students to enjoy the benefits of many asanas via fully "supported" methods requiring less muscular effort.
Standing poses are emphasized for beginners in Iyengar Yoga. They build strong legs, increase general vitality, and improve circulation, coordination and balance, ensuring a strong foundation for study of more advanced poses. Inversions are also very important & taught in the Iyengar system.
Unlike more experiential approaches where students are encouraged to independently "find their way" to the asanas by imitating the teacher, an Iyengar Yoga class is highly verbal and didactic, with miss-alignments and errors actively corrected. B.K.S Iyengar has trained thousands of teachers, who complete 3-5 years of rigorous training for the introductory level of certification (higher-level certification may take a decade or more).
Iyengar Yoga classes are taught at Yoga Torquay by Maxine Lunn. Maxine is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher who has studied in Pune, India - directly with Geeta Iyengar, the daughter of BKS Iyengar. Maxine passed introductory level 2 in 2012, intermediate junior level 1 in 2016 & intermediate junior level 2 in 2019, She has over 20 years Iyengar yoga practise to share in her classes and she is also available for private one-to-one lessons.