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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. Stiffness in...read more
This simple sequence of standing Iyengar yoga poses will be ideal for kickstarting your Iyengar yoga 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...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
This article explores Surya Namaskar (sun salutes) from an Iyengar Yoga perspective. Surya Namaskar is a warming sequence of movements that can help to stimulate your heart rate and boost your energy levels. It can strengthen your wrists, arms and chest, and bring...read more
This post explores the abdominal strengthening poses urdhva prasarita padasana and paripurna navasana (boat pose). Improving abdominal strength can benefit your overall posture and balance. Stronger abdominal muscles can give extra support to your spine thus reducing...read more
Salamba Sirsasana (headstand) is one of the main asanas that form the nucleus of an Iyengar Yoga practice. B.K.S. Iyengar describes it in his book "Light On Yoga" as being "the king of all yoga poses". Headstand, or one of its variations is included in virtually every...read more
Although ustrasana (camel pose) is commonly practiced by students who are newer to backbends, it shares common techniques with more advanced asanas, and is an ideal pose with which to start deepening your understanding of backbends. It is also a pose where individuals...read more
The Iyengar style of yoga provides a comprehensive framework for beginners learning yoga for the first time. This very structured introduction ensures that a solid foundation is established. As a result, more meaningful and consistent progress can be made, allowing...read more
Now is the perfect time to finally get around to trying yoga. You don't need to attend a yoga studio. Here are 10 poses to kickstart your practice at home. It should take you around 15 minutes. These simple poses are perfectly suited to beginners. You don't need any...read more
You might have every intention to practice yoga at home. However it can be hard to follow through on this sometimes. A home practice has many advantages. It gives you the freedom to access the benefits of yoga whenever and wherever you want to. This convenience can...read more
Progressing with Asana requires not only strengthening the body, but focussing the mind. Yoga provides a framework of techniques that help to foster and enhance self awareness. This greater degree of self awareness only becomes possible via fostering relaxation in...read more
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