Focus: This backbend class is the third in our series of four “Pune cycle” classes. It follows a typically Iyengar approach to sequencing. Initially standing poses that share common techniques with backbends are explored. From there you work from adho mukha svanasana to urdhva mukha svanasana. Urdhva dhanurasana is then practiced initially with the support of two bolsters, and then eventually without assistance. Dwi pada viparita dandasana is practiced independently, and then with the support of a chair with some added shoulder opening variations. In terms of inversions, sirsasana is balanced with ardha halasana. Some back releasing counter poses are also eventually included in this classic backbend sequence.
Key Poses: Urdhva mukha svanasana, urdhva dhanurasana, ustrasana, dwi pada viprita dandasana, ardha halasana
Equipment: Mat, chair, 2 bolsters, 3 blankets, 2 blocks, belt
Duration: 60 min