Pune Cycle Series II

The Pune Cycle Series II course provides you with a curated group of classes that will assist you in creating a well balanced home practice. Alternate the focus of each session according to the traditional cycle, as practice in Pune. Move from standing poses to forward bends, backbends and finally pranayama. Regularly varying your focal point helps to ensure that you won’t neglect any areas of your practice. This can help to build momentum and breadth in your practice.

  1. Standing Poses – 55 mins. Longer in duration, this challenging class includes both standing poses and inversions with an emphasis on classical Iyengar alignment and instruction.
  2. Forward Bends – 55 mins. This class focuses on forward bends and twists and includes most of the key asanas from this group of poses.
  3. Backbends – 60 mins. Explore standing poses that share common techniques with backbends before moving on to urdhva dhanurasana and dwi pada viparita dandasana.
  4. Pranayama – 35 mins. This class explores ujjayi pranayama. Stages five to eight are practiced from an upright seated position.

Who is this course for?

  • Individuals with a tendency to focus on one or two areas in their home practice at the expense of others
  • Those looking to build a balanced home practice covering all key areas via the Pune cycle
  • This is an advanced course – approximately two or more years of yoga experience is recommended

How will this course help me?

These classes encompass the full range of key Iyengar yoga poses, divided into standing poses, forward bends, backbends and pranayama. Regular practice covering these areas will ensure that you have a balanced practice that expands in many directions.

What do I get from this course?

  • A comprehensive and structured approach to alternating classes following the traditional Pune cycle
  • Essential foundations and key principles clearly communicated to help you go further on your yoga journey
  • Step by step tracking of your progression through the course
  • Email reminders to help keep you motivated and on track
  • Email support from your teacher

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Iyengar Yoga Standing Pose Sequence - Weekly Advanced Class 91

Focus: This weeks advanced class is a longer duration video incorporating standing poses and inversions. The class emphasises classical Iyengar alignment and instruction. The sequence is a comprehensive presentation of the standing asana group. It will be a rigorous, challenging class for experienced students. Sirsasana and sarvangasana are also included with an emphasis on fundamental Iyengar technique.

Key Poses: Standing poses, sirsasana, sarvangasana.

Equipment: Mat, 3 blankets, 2 blocks, belt

Level: Advanced

Duration: 55 min

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Iyengar Yoga Forward Bend Sequence - Weekly Advanced Class 92

Focus: This class is the second in our series of four “Pune cycle” classes. When complete, this set of classes will cover each of the main pose groups from standing poses, to forward bends, backbends, and then pranayama. Appropriate inversions will be included in each class to create a complete and balanced practice. This method of class rotation is used by the Iyengar’s at their Pune Institute and is widely practiced in Iyengar yoga schools throughout the world. This particular class focuses on forward bends and twists. Most of the key asanas from this group are included. The teaching instruction emphasises key Iyengar principles. This group of classes will form an ideal nucleus for establishing a balanced home yoga practice.

Key Poses: Upavista konasana, janu sirsasana, triang mukhaikapada paschimottanasana, paschimottanasana., bharadvajasana.

Equipment: Mat, chair, bolster, 3 blankets, 2 blocks, belt

Level: Advanced

Duration: 55 min

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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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Ujjayi Pranayama Stages 1 to 8 - Weekly Advanced Class 94

Focus: This class explores ujjayi pranayama. In ujjayi pranayama both inhalation and exhalation are consciously deepened and lengthened. In his book "Light on Pranayama" B.K.S. Iyengar methodically presents ujjayi breathing in 13 distinct stages. The first eight of these stages are practiced in this video. Stages one to four introduce fundamental techniques of ujjayi breathing from a reclining position. This helps you explore the basic principles of yogic breathing whilst keeping your body and mind free of tension. Stages five to eight are practiced from an upright seated position. Ujjayi pranayama can help to simultaneously relax the body and nervous system, whilst bringing clarity and focus to the mind.

Key Poses: Savasana, ujjayi pranayama

Equipment: Mat, bolster, 2 blankets

Level: Advanced

Duration: 35 min

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