Focus: Pranayama and restorative yoga are the main focus of this class. The class culminates in a variety of pranayamas performed in both the lying and seated positions. Chest opening restorative poses make up the first section of the sequence. These poses help to bring relaxation to your body and an inward focus to your mind. The set up for both setu bandha sarvangasana and viparita karani are explored in detail.
Pranayama begins in the latter part of the class. Initially you are guided in how to lengthen your breath in the reclining savasana position. From there you head in the direction of antara kumbhaka where you retain your breath after inhalation, and eventually add pauses to your inhalation with viloma breathing. These same pranayamas are then developed in an upright seated position. Although tagged as an advanced class, this sequence will also benefit less experienced students with a genuine interest in the breath component of Iyengar Yoga.
Key Poses: Ujjayi pranayama, antara kumbhaka, viloma pranayama, savasana.
Equipment: Mat, bolster, 3 blankets, 2 blocks
Duration: 55 min