Viparita Karani Deep Dive: the Serenity of the Inverted Lake (Short Course Level: Experienced Beginners, Gentle)
In the Iyengar tradition, the restorative qualities of viparita karani are harnessed by making possible long supported holds. This position/ action finds mention in the yogic scriptures ( indeed, its benefits are said to be ‘death defying’), but without clear description. It was Mr BKS Iyengar who not only interpreted the action, but also made it accessible to almost everyone through the use of props. In his book, ‘Yoga – The Path to Wholistic Health’, BKS Iyengar says this asana boosts confidence and alleviates nervous exhaustion.
But viparita karani is not a beginner-level action, even with the use of props/ supports. It involves a peculiar combination of actions that encompasses, back arches, forward extensions, abdominal actions and inversions. In this Short Course, we build up to this deeply penetrative position, culminating in a deeply restful and supported viparita karani that can be access by almost everyone.
Part1: Connecting Shoulder blades to Back Ribs, for Back Arches and Twists
Part2: Sacrum as the Fulcrum: Transition From Back Arches to Forward Extensions
Part 3: Back Arches, Forward Extensions, Forward Extensions, Culminating in Viparita Karani
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