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 […]

Gentle, Accessible, Supported: Forward Extensions

This is a gentle practice of forward extensions that includes enough options for supports to be accessible for most people.  The session starts with focussed preparation to get the upper and sides of the back.  The asanas in this session are done standing, which makes it easier to execute than the seated forward bends. Level: […]

Covid-19 Recovery: A suggested Yoga Program from the IY (UK) Therapy Committee, Part2 – Seated

This second session of this series covers supported seated positions. Short Course Covid19 Recovery: A Suggested Yoga Program from the IY (UK) Therapy Committee. Level: Experienced beginners, Intermediate, Gentle Duration: 50min. Props needed: This is a prop-intensive session, chair, firm blankets/ bolster, blocks.  Household objects may easily be used as props in this session: a […]

Extending Forwards and Backwards from Seated Virasana: Adhomukha and Supta Virasana

Virasana, and its extensions into supta virasana, are excellent conditioners of lower limbs. Supta virasana is often used therapeutically for a wide range of conditions, and is also a preparation for back arches. Difficulty in virasana can be due to limitation at the hip joint, length of the hamstrings, stiffness in the knee, shortness and […]

Extending from Virasana: Adhomukha and Supta Virasana Ending with Breath-work

In this session, we look at forward extension from virasana to adhomukha virasana, and a supine extension to supta virasana. The session ends with breath-work preparatory to pranayama. Level: Experienced Beginner, Intermediate Duration: 75mins Props required: this is a prop intensive-session. blankets and bolsters – or alternatives will be required. This session is part of […]

Respiratory Health, Part1: the Principles, Basic Prone Positions

This first session is meant for understanding the principles behind the ‘Respiratory Health’ practice.  The first part of this session is not a therapy session, and is not meant for those who are going through respiratory discomfort. The second segment of the session (starting 36th minute) goes into positions and actions that specifically benefit in […]

Prone Position Tutorial: Adhomukha virasana – supported and elevated (FREE Resource)

A short excerpt from the respiratory health series: a fully supported prone position that is suitable to do during respiratory illness even by newcomers with no experience of yoga. Level: Beginner, Experienced Beginner, Intermediate Duration: 10min Props needed: This is a fully supported positions.  Household objects like pillows. blankets, and furniture like chairs, table, bed […]

A Short and Simple Practice for Respiratory Health (FREE Resource)

Many of the positions shown in the Respiratory Health and Restful practice – FREE Recordings are strung together in this longer session. Props are used for support, but household objects can be used for this. FREE Resources are available to everyone without payment and without logging in. Click on the video to play it.