Asana Subjects

A-I. Inversions

‘The asanas in the inverted positions are known as Viparita Sthiti. The standing asanas and the lateral extensions prepare the musculo-skeletal structure of the body to learn the inversions, such as Salamba Sirsasana and Salamba Sarvangasana. The standing and sitting forward extensions prepare one physically and mentally so that adverse effects can be avoided, such …

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A-BB. Backbending

The following quote is taken from an interview from 1991 by Patricia Walden and Victor Oppenheimer: In the asana systems the most advanced postures are the backbends. The human structure is such that the idea does not strike anyone that the spinal vertebrae can be moved backwards as well as forward and sideways, without causing …

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A-AB. Arm Balancings

BKS Iyengar writes ‘You must hold the balance by the intelligence of the body – by instinct or the sense of equilibrium- and not by strength. When you keep the balance by strength, it is physical action; when you keep it by the intelligence of the body, it is relaxation in action’. Iyengar BKS, Excerpt …

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A-FB. Forward Bends

Extension brings space, space brings freedom, freedom brings precision. Precision is truth and truth is God.  BKS Iyengar The following text is the introduction to forward bends from Basic Guidelines for Teachers ‘The asanas ln sitting posture done with forward extension are called paschima pratana sthiti. Similar to standing asanas, the forward extension asanas are …

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A-R. Restoratives

BKS Iyengar writes: ‘Mental fatigue is experienced when the brain and the nerves get tired, It is caused by the excessive use of the brain, nerves and the senses of perception, mainly the eyes and ears. Over-exertion, shock or fear and mental disturbances cause fatigue. Mental fatigue is mainly felt in the back of the …

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A-SP. Standing asanas

The following quote is taken from the Basic Guidelines for Teachers booklet: ‘The beginners are introduced to the outer sheath of the body in the standing asanas and they learn the live dissection of their own body. The arms and legs, fingers and toes, wrists and ankles, elbows and knees, arm sockets and leg sockets become close friends …

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A-T. Twists

‘The twists are very effective in relieving backaches, headaches, and stiffness in the neck and shoulders. As the trunk turns, the kidneys and abdominal organs are activated and exercised. This improves the digestion and removes sluggishness. The spine becomes flexible and the hips move more easily’, Yoga the Iyengar Way The material in this subject is not intended …

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A-S. Sitting Asanas

In Basic Guidelines Booklet Geeta writes: ‘The asanas in sitting posture done with forward extension are called paschima pratana sthiti. Similar to standing asanas, the forward extension asanas are visible and perceivable movements for beginners. One can see the body and identify its movements. The heart faces the floor in all the forward extensions and this gives rest …

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