Iyengar Yoga Backbend Sequence – Weekly Advanced Class 93

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

Level: Advanced

Duration: 60 min

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  1. Huda M

    That backbend sequence class was so healing to me. There is a genius how sequencing works in Iyengar Yoga, and it is the only type of yoga where I feel fulfilled and better after practice.

    • Rod

      Thanks for your comment Huda. I agree – it’s defintely something that sets Iyengar Yoga apart. There is always an emphasis on sequencing and progression. Glad this sequence worked for you!

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