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Salamba Purvottanasana is a great example of an Iyengar yoga restorative pose that can help to rejuvenate energy levels. Much of what is today known as "restorative yoga" has evolved from the teachings of the contemporary Indian yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar....read more
Pavana Muktasana Iyengar yoga contains many poses that can help to relieve lower back pain. This post takes an in-depth look at a supported version of the yoga pose pavana muktasana. For many practitioners it is a trusted "go to" pose that can help soothe aching and...read more
This post explores methods for learning the yoga pose vrschikasana (scorpion pose). Vrschikasana is an advanced asana that combines aspects of both inversions and backbends. Eventually this demanding pose is practiced by placing the soles of your feet on the top of...read more
Pranayama is the aspect of yoga related to breathing and breath control. This ancient practice is often treasured by long-term yogis, but can be notoriously difficult for newer students to grasp. Even seasoned practitioners might experience multiple false starts when...read more
This post explores Iyengar yoga poses for runners. The article follows a sequence of poses that systematically focus on the main muscles that are involved in jogging. You may already include stretches in your jogging routine. This is an important way to improve muscle...read more
Yoga Poses For a Healthy Spine This post explores some of the ways in which Iyengar yoga can help to improve the health of your spine. It also highlights how yoga can be used as a preventative measure against common problems associated with the spine. Regular yoga...read more
This post looks at Bakasana (crow pose) from an Iyengar yoga perspective. It breaks the pose down into preparatory stages that can be beneficial when practiced in isolation, or as part of a step-by-step progression towards the full pose. There are many benefits that...read more
This post explores a range of Iyengar yoga poses that can help to improve the health of your shoulders. The term "shoulder" is a general term that we use to denote a complex region of our bodies where bones, joints, tendons and muscles interact in way that allows...read more
Iyengar yoga has an array of preparatory poses that will help you to build a strong foundation when learning how to do sirsasana (headstand). Before progressing to the stage of actually standing on your head, it is important that you have acquired the strength...read more
There are numerous ways in which Iyengar Yoga can help to reduce lower back pain. Although there are many causes for lower back pain, it is very common for people to arrive at yoga classes with this pain originating at least in part from tight hamstrings....read more
This simple sequence of standing poses will be ideal for kickstarting your yoga home practice. It concentrates mainly on standing poses, and includes a couple of inverted poses that are central to a classical Iyengar Yoga sequence. The inverted poses are intended for...read more
This post demonstrates how to use a chair to learn dwi pada viparita dandasana and eka pada vipartita dandasana. These two poses illustrate common techniques and approaches used in the Iyengar method. Chair backbends are supported poses that allow you to practice both...read more
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