A-I. Inversions

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‘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 as high blood pressure, headache, neck pain, tension in the eyes, vomiting sensation, heaviness in the head, sudden rush of blood towards the head and the psychological fear caused by faulty performance’.

Preliminary Course Booklet Geeta Iyengar writes

The material in this subject is not intended for the learning of asanas as this is the role of a teacher. The 10-week subject brings together a diverse range of material including Video extracts from conventions, articles, audio class recordings and book extracts to deliver a literature review.

This subject is best broken into weekly segments for review so as to best digest the material. For example, a video may be viewed 2 or 3 times across a week prior to practice or an article printed to read during the evening before the next day’s practice.

By listening to our teachers in their own words we reflect on our own understanding. By hearing the different ways our teachers present their work during different conventions and events we are exposed to the depth and breadth of our system