Twisting Actions Leading to Forward Extensions

Forward extending asanas are not just bending forward. Instead, it is more useful to think of them as ‘forward extensions’.  In this session we explore this extension action at the waist.

The Armpits: Waking up the Dark Corners in Backward Extensions

This session combines supported back arches, with supported forward extensions.  The back arches are used to explore one of the ‘dark zones’ in our body that usually escapes our attention – the armpit area. In this session we practice backbends with awareness to that back end of the armpits. We use the backbends to access […]

Strengthening Legs for a Healthy Back: Beyond Walking, Beyond Stretching

In this session, we isolate and address a vary large group of muscles that has immense potential to increase the strength of our legs – the hamstrings.  These are crucial also in maintaining a healthy back.  This session uses supports to hold asanas for longer duration, giving chance to the hamstrings to passively lengthen, instead […]

Use of Chair in Asana Practice: Inversions, Restful Asanas and Pranayama

Long stays in restful/ quiet asanas, a regular practice of inverted (upside down) asanas, and a gradual introduction to the powerful practices of pranayama, are characteristics of Iyengar Yoga.  Here, we look at how the chair can be used in a variety of ways, especially in combination with other props like blankets, bolsters and belts, […]

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 […]

Use of Chair in Asana Practice: Back Arches

Regular practice of back arches is one of the characteristics of Iyengar Yoga. Here, we look at the basic and intermediate level positions only. While some of these positions require a backless yoga chair, some can be done with any sturdy chair. Level: Experienced beginners, Intermediate Duration: 75 mins. Props needed: belt, bolster, blanket, chair, […]

Healthy Digestive System: Practice for Overall Health of the Gut

Level: Experienced Beginners, Intermediate, Gentle Duration: 90 mins. Props needed: This is a prop-intensive session! We will use 2 Chairs or a long table/ bed, bolster, blankets, blocks, and access to a wall This recording is part of the Short Course The Practice for Digestive Health (Short Course; Level: Experienced Beginner, Intermediate)