Dropping Back – Weekly Advanced Class 56

Focus: This class will teach some of the techniques that will help you build towards dropping back into urdhva dhanurasana (wheel pose) from a standing position. Engaging your arm and leg muscles without shortening your spine is a common theme throughout the poses in the sequence. The class runs over 70 minutes long. This allows ample time to cover a wide range of backbends and techniques. Chairs, walls and other supports are used where needed to help explore this group of poses. The sequence also includes preparatory stages that will benefit students who may still be consolidating urdhva dhanurasana. More experienced students eventually work to enter this pose by walking their hands up and down a wall.

Key Poses: urdhva dhanurasana, ustrasana, viparita dandasana

Equipment: Mat, chair, bolster, 2 blankets, 2 blocks, belt

Level: Advanced

Duration: 70 min

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  1. Huda M

    I adored that backbend class as I love to work hard without doing a million chaturungas. The genius of Iyengar yoga is the ability to do advanced asanas with little preparation. Your teaching is very similar to John Schumacher.

    • Rod

      Hi Huda,

      Thank you for your kind feedback. I think you are right about what you say about Iyengar Yoga. The sequencing allows you to warm up in the poses themselves. Really glad you are enjoying the classes.

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