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3rd International Day of Yoga Sequence from Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute

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From the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, We have received requests from various associations and teachers for a sequence of practice for the third International Day of Yoga. If our large Iyengar Yoga family across continents would practice the same sequence, then it would be our small tribute to Guruji.

Whenever we talk about 'Iyengar Yoga,' we talk about precision and alignment. We insist that if the legs and arms are to be straight in any asana, then the teachers insist on the straightness. "Keep the knees firm and tight. Lock the elbows. Make the legs poker stiff" are the instructions that we often give and hear. It is this sharpness in the asanas in Light on Yoga that has attracted millions. It is the sharpness in the presentation by Guruji that has inspired generations of yoga sadhakas (practitioners).

Why this insistence on straightness and sharpness? Is it merely for the aesthetic appeal? Guruji has said, "crooked body crooked mind." When the body is straight and aligned, then the intelligence flows. If there are dents and bends, then the intelligence does not flow. When the intelligence does not flow, there is no awareness. There is stagnation; the asana becomes lifeless. And, if so, how can it be healthy? Guruji has often given us the analogy of the flowing river where there is constant freshness from moment to moment.

So, on this International Day of Yoga, we would be doing the asanas that remind us of this legacy, this tradition of our beloved and revered Guruji.

Asanas: 
Tadasana
Credit: Nikolay Titov
English name: Mountain Pose
Practice type: Standing
Practice level: Beginner
The feet are together. The ankles, knees, hips and shoulders are in one line. Press into the feet to draw the thighs up.Fronts of the thighs move towards the backs of the thighs.Roll the outer shoulders ... more
Urdhva Hastasana
Model: Sara Agelasto Credit: Peter Agelasto
English name: Upward Hands Pose
Practice type: Standing
Practice level: Beginner
Urdhva Baddhangullyasana
Model: Shelly Chow Manoa Yoga Center
English name: Upward Bound Fingers Pose
Practice type:
Practice level: Beginner
Uttanasana
Uttanasana by Franscisco
English name: Intense Stretch of the Spine Pose
Practice type: Standing
Practice level: Beginner
"Inhale the arms over head, palms forward, place hands beside the feet. Once the body stretches correctly, there is no need to extend the arms overhead first." - Geeta Iyengar, Yoga, A Gem for Women Take... more
Utthita Trikonasana
Utthita Trikonasana Model: Lois Steinberg, PhD
English name: Extended Triangle Pose
Practice type: Standing
Practice level: Beginner
Extend the Sides of the Waist.Take the shoulderblades into the back.Rotate the chest towards the ceilingDraw the outer hip underneath you.Back foot presses as much as front foot.Lengthen the underside of the chest and... more
Ardha Chandrasana
Bobby Clennell in Ardha Chandrasana at Studio Bamboo Institute of Yoga 2010
English name: Half Moon Pose
Practice type: Standing
Practice level: Beginner
Those who find it difficult to balance can use the support of the wall. During pregnancy, keep the hand elevated on a block to keep the pelvis broadened which makes breathing easier for the mother and space is... more
Virabhadrasana I
VIrabhadrasana I by Sandra Petra Pintaric
English name: Pose Dedicated to the Warrior Virabhadra
Practice type: Standing
Practice level: Beginner
Learn to bend the knee to 90 degrees, without allowing the trunk to lean to the front. While bending the right leg to 90, do not bend the left knee. Keep the quadriceps tight. Beginners and those who find it... more
Virabhadrasana II
Virabhadrasana II  Photo Credit: Iriartin
English name: Pose Dedicated to the Warrior Virabhadra
Practice type: Standing
Practice level: Beginner
Extend through the outer edge of the back heel.Press into the inner and outer edges of both feet. Do not allow the trunk to lean towards the bent leg while bending the right knee and vice versa. Both sides of... more
Parsvottanasana
Model: Netta in Parsvottanasana for 2nd Trimester Pregnancy
English name: Intense Stretch of the Sides of the Body Pose
Practice type: Standing
Practice level: Beginner
Press into the big toe mound of both feet to internally rotate thighs.Pull the abdomen towards the spine. Lift the torso out of the pelvis. Extend towards the head to reach the knee. Stretch the spinal... more
Parivrtta Trikonasana
Teacher: Cora Wen
English name: Revolved Triangle Pose
Practice type: Standing
Practice level: Intermediate
Learn to balance having a full extension of the spinal muscles and expansion of the chest. Learn to get the sense of balance and the rotation of the spine maintaining the alignment of the trunk with the legs.Learn to... more
Prasarita Padottanasana
Prasarita Padottanasana D
English name: Extended Feet Intense Stretch Pose
Practice type: Standing
Practice level: Beginner
Learn to spread the legs apart without allowing the feet to slide and slip off. Learn to press the outer edges of the feet, like the application of the brake to a vehicle.Learn to concave the back using the arms and... more
Salamba Sirsasana I
Model: Sara Agelasto
English name: Supported Head Balance Pose
Practice type: Inversions
Practice level: Intermediate
Beginner's Tips from Geeta Iyengar's Preliminary CourseLearn to consolidate this position by lifting the shoulders and spine as well as the legs, from the heels to the thighs, upwards towards the buttocks. The... more
Eka Pada Salamba Sirsasana
Anne-Marie Van Holder in Eka Pada Sirsasana
English name: One Leg Head Balance Pose
Practice type: Inversions
Practice level: Intermediate
Adho Mukha Svanasana
Model: Dawn F. Cala Nova, Ibiza, Spain
English name: Downward Facing Dog Pose
Practice type: Standing
Practice level: Beginner
Learn to stretch from the hands to the buttocks and from the heels to the buttocks. - Geeta Iyengar, Preliminary Course. Keep the feet parallel to each other and extend the toes. Move the trunk towards the legs. Take... more
Urdhva Mukha Svanasana
Christy Brock Yogaminded.com
English name: Upward Facing Dog Pose
Practice type: Backbends
Practice level: Intermediate
This asana may be performed with the toes in the same positions as Chaturanga Dandasana. Learn to raise the trunk higher up, using the arms as support.
Chaturanga Dandasana
Model: Elizabeth Shilling Credit: Matthew Sexton
English name: Four Limbed Staff Pose
Practice type: Arm Balances, Backbends
Practice level: Intermediate
Learn to keep the knees and thighs firm above the floor without sticking the tailbone up towards the ceiling. If it is not possible to lift the body off the floor then do Adho Mukha Svanasana and reach this asana... more
Dandasana
Credit: YogaXTC.com
English name: Staff Pose
Practice type: Seated Poses
Practice level: Beginner
Learn to Adjust the Sits bones. Move the flesh of the buttocks back and away from the sitting bones. Press knees and thighbones towards the floor to lift the waist
Paripurna Navasana
English name: Full Boat Pose
Practice type: Core Poses
Practice level: Intermediate
Learn to maintain the balance without sinking the spine and the chest. Those who cannot balance should keep the palms on the floor while the legs are up. If the legs and abdomen are not strong enough to maintain the... more
Ardha Navasana
English name: Half Boat Pose
Practice type: Core Poses
Practice level: Intermediate
The angle between the legs and the trunk should be wide so that the abdominal muscles are contracted. In paripurna navasana, the spinal muscles are toned and in ardha navasana, the abdominal muscles are toned. Beginner... more
Urdhva Prasarita Padasana
Model: Sara Agelasto Credit: Peter Agelasto
English name: Upward Extended Foot Pose
Practice type: Core Poses
Practice level: Beginner
Learn to maintain the chest open while keeping the face relaxed. Keep the lower back extended towards the tailbone during the movement of the legs.Stretch the arms over the head, palms facing towards the ceiling to... more
Supta Padangusthasana
Model: Erich Schiffmann
English name: Reclining Big Toe Pose
Practice type: Core Poses
Practice level: Beginner
Upavistha Konasana
Model: Adri Kyser
English name: Seated Angle Pose
Practice type: Seated Poses
Practice level: Intermediate
Parsva Upavistha Konasana
English name: Side Seated Angle Pose
Practice type: Seated Poses
Practice level: Intermediate
Salamba Sarvangasana I
Kate Hallahan Zuckerman in Salamba Sarvangasana I
English name: Shoulderstand, Supported Whole Body Pose
Practice type: Inversions
Practice level: Intermediate
Practice this pose with the guidance of a reputable teacher first.Practice this pose with a chair or a wall. At the wall, place your 3 four-fold blanket and mat set up at the wall with the folded edges of the... more
Eka Pada Sarvangasana
English name: One Legged All Limbs Supported Pose
Practice type: Inversions
Practice level: Intermediate
Learn to lift the spine and the trunk up especially on the side that you take the leg down.Learn to be attentive to the body and relax the brain. You should be able to do this pose without tensing the head.Turn the... more
Halasana
Model: Sara Agelasto Credit: Peter Agelasto
English name: Plow Pose
Practice type: Inversions
Practice level: Intermediate
Learn to maintain the lift of the spine when the toes touch the floor.Extend the hips towards the ceiling. Lift the backs of the knees.Press the Toes. Lift the Thighs, the Buttocks and the Trunk.  
Supta Konasana
Credit: Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training Yoga del Sur
English name: Supine Angle Pose
Practice type: Inversions
Practice level: Intermediate
Keep the chest lifted.  
Parsva Halasana
English name: Side Plow Pose
Practice type: Inversions
Practice level: Intermediate
Parsva Halasana removes heaviness and backache if it occurs during Sarvangasana due to uneven extension of the back muscles. Learn to keep the buttock bones level and avoid the tilt either to the front or back.
Pascimottanasana
Model: Cynthia Woodring
English name: Intense Stretch of the West of the Body Pose
Practice type: Forward Bends
Practice level: Intermediate
Savasana
Credit: Sara Agelasto
English name: Corpse Pose
Practice type: Restorative
Practice level: Beginner

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