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Iyengar sequence for home practice

Here is the link to the Iyengar Sequence we looked at in class. Sorry it took so long. Hope you enjoy!

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barefoot this summer?

Good! The sensitive and complex foot suffers when it is confined to shoes and to the smooth surfaces of floors and roads. Let your toes explore the grass, the sand and sea. It’s a simple but effective way to expand your horizons and improve your health.

Here is my favorite sequence to strengthen and coordinate the feet, ankles, knees and hips (first learned from Patricia Walden). In this vinyasan, move fluidly from position to position.

Tadasana
Urdhva hastasana
Utkatasana
Malasana (upright squat)
Heels up, balance on toes, squat
Kneeling, toes curled under

And reverse to go back to tadasana and begin again.

Practice tips: look poses up in your favorite book or at www.yogajournal.com;
keep your weight in your heels (stand with heels on a blanket if necessary);
stay firm at the waist to maintain balance throughout.

Now strengthen feet and ankles by balancing in Vrksasana (tree pose). Let your newly energized feet be the roots, reaching downward!

the dedicated yogi: home practice

The postures of yoga, called asana, are a language we use to communicate between our feeling, reacting body and our thinking, planning minds. The different asanas are like the vocabulary in this language. The order in which we place the asanas  is the grammar. This grammar is the art of sequencing.  Asanas can be sequenced differently to achieve different results. We come to class to learn the vocabulary of asana and to become familiar with basic sequencing. But just as we are not fluent in a language until we can go out and use it to communicate unique ideas, we are not fluent in yoga asana until we know how to use it creatively to address specific personal needs.

The evidence is clear: attending a yoga class once or twice a week is beneficial for mind and body. But there is a great deal more to be gained from taking what is learned at class and bringing it out of the classroom. Only then can our continue reading »

BKS Iyengar 1938 newsreel

When we practice asana, all we’re doing is moving some parts while keeping other parts still. Sounds simple but it demands increasing refinement. Notice the stillness of Mr. Iyengar’s foundation as he practices this flow.