Long Holds in Supported Positions

Holding an asana for a long period of time lets the effect of the asana ‘seep’ in.  Supported positions that make possible long holds are one of the boons of the methodology developed by shri BKS Iyengar. They calm the nervous system, and are conducive for a meditative and breath-centric practice. This sequences is also […]

Beyond Squatting to Arm Balances and Inversions

This session goes beyond malasana (the squatting position), to integrating the ‘softness’ of the groins into arm balances and basic inversions (including a deliciously quiet supported sarvangasana with chair) Level: Intermediate Duration: 90min Props needed: 2 blocks, yoga strap, access to a wall, this session uses 3 chairs/ a combination of chairs and low tables […]

Arms for Effortless Inversions (Headstand, Shoulderstand and Elbow Balance)

In this session we explore and increase the range of motion of the arm in the shoulder joint to lift up to adhomukha vrksasana, pinca mayurasana, sirsasana and sarvangasana Level –  Intermediate Duration – 85 min session. Props needed: blocks, chair and blankets/ bolster to set up chair sarvangasana This session is part of the […]

Weekend Intensive – Arm Balances

The weekend Intensives are usually a set of two long-duration sessions, conducted over two consecutive days. While each Weekend has a clear focus, the two sessions together touch upon a wide range of asanas and positions, and the second half of the second day is spent on quiet breath work.  In general, the first day has preparatory […]

Arm Balances: Tolasana, Lolasana, Bakasana

Various asanas that involve arm balancing: tolasana, lolasana, bakasana Level: Experienced Beginners, Intermediate Duration: 70min Props required: couple of blocks. yoga strap, firm blankets to adjust the height of the seat If you are not used to arm balancing positions we recommend you practice with one of the two sessions: Relief for Wrists and Elbows […]

Urdhva Hasta Dandasana Part 1: Legs and Spine Connections

Dandasana is one of the foundational seated positions. But this seemingly simple position teaches us very important lessons about making connections between the limbs, and the spine. These connections are lost with sedentary lifestyles This session maybe done stand-alone, but we recommend you do it in combination with the recording Urdhva Hasta Dandasana Part2: Taking […]

Vasisthasana Part II: Attempting the Final Independent Asana

Use of props makes many asanas – especially intermediate and advanced level asanas – accessible to practitioners who might otherwise not be able to approach these asanas at all. But for those who are able, practicing an asana with the aid of props does not automatically develop the skills for practicing the independent  asana. In this […]