This image shows the backbend component of this weeks upcoming advanced class on yogaselection.com. The class is based around a sequence that prepares you for eka pada viparita dandasana, where alternate legs are extended upwards from the backbend position. The class will also be helpful for students who are looking to progress from urdhva dhanurasana to dwi pada viparita dandasana. Some of the preparatory chest opening poses use blocks to develop a simple cross leg position towards matsyasana. The class will be released this week. Head to the website for more details.
This image shows some of the poses from this weeks advanced class on yogaselection.com. Weekly Class 51 focusses on adho mukha vrksasana (handstand) and pincha mayurasana (forearm balance). In addition to the complete classical poses, preparatory positions are also included that will help to strengthen your body and refine your technique. A method for kicking up into a handstand with your feet together in a “bunny hop” action is also explored. Whether you are experienced or newer to these poses, this class gives you an opportunity to delve deeper into these fundamental inversions.
This week we are in the process of re-releasing our Basic Beginners Course II. This course features five 45 minute videos. It is the 2nd chapter in our 18 class beginners course. One of the key poses from this course is parivrtta trikonasana. This post shows how the pose is initially introduced, and then progressively developed. Stage 1 shows how at first a dynamic action of swinging the arms to touch the shin is used. This action helps to cut through stiffness and assist balance whilst you are learning the basic shape of the pose. Stage 2 shows how a block beside the inner heel of the front foot can assist stability whilst the rotation of the shoulders is learnt. Stage 3 brings the block across to the outer foot. This encourages the rotation of your waist as you learn to develop the twisting action. Stage 4 shows the final stage. At this point the block height can be potentially reduced or discarded and the top arm is ready to be taken up. Despite your hand coming lower ensure that your spine lifts up and lengthens as you turn. Look out for the new and improved Classes 6 to 10 this week in the Beginners section at yogaselection.com.
We are currently in the process of updating our online beginners courses at yogaselection.com. This week we are re-releasing our five class Basic Beginners Course. Each class is 45 minutes long and guides you step by step through the foundations of an Iyengar Yoga practice. This post shows some of the stages in learning the standing pose parsvottanasana. It is one of the poses featured in the course. Learn the building blocks of a home yoga practice, on your own time at yogaselection.com.
Here is the sequence for the latest advanced class on yogaselection.com. The sequence balances strengthening abdominal poses with energy preserving forward bends. Headstand is balanced with a cooling niralamba sarvangasana. It is a perfect sequence for holiday home practice at the end of the year. For more on Weekly Advanced Class 50 head to yogaselection.com.
This image shows a selection of the poses from the Basic Beginners Course at yogaselection.com. This comprehensive ten class, online course has been re-released this week. Each 45 minute class is new and improved. The course creates a pathway for learning the basic foundations of Iyengar Yoga. In addition to helping beginners, it is also a resource for more experienced practitioners wanting to clarify the key stages of teaching yoga to beginners.
Using blocks for your hands in urdhva dhanurasana can help you to gain a more energetic lift from your arms. This can be helpful at the start of your backbend session, particularly if you are working with stiffness in your wrists or shoulders. This post shows how blocks can also be a helpful preparation for dropping back into urdhva dhanurasana from a standing position. In this sequence the height of the blocks are incrementally increased. Initially the blocks are used flat, then on their side edge, then on their tall edge. From here your hands can start to walk up the wall. This naturally heads in the direction of dropping back. This weeks intermediate class focusses on basic techniques for approaching this fundamental backbend. Head to yogaselection.com for more.