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Tree posture, known as Vrikshasana in Sanskrit, is an excellent posture for everyone practicing yoga – from beginners to advanced practitioners. Regular practice of vrikshasana will help to build strength and stabilise the ankle joint, help strengthen and charge the core, and improve the practitioners balance. First, we'll instruct the basic alignment and cues to get you into your vrikshasana, take a more in depth look at some of the tree yoga benefits, and then finish with some modifications or versions of a tree yoga asana that can diversify the posture, it’s benefits, and your practice.
This class, hosted by Iyengar Yoga Therapeutics, is the second in a 6 part therapeutic series for teaching yoga to women going through menopause and those who are post menopausal. We started in a supported version of Viparita Dandasana and Supta Virasana to open the chest before forward bending. The recommendation is to keep women more supported during menopause and ask them to sharpen their practice once they are post menopausal. The end of the class started with supported Janu Sirsasana and ended with Viparita Karani. This short sequence of 4 poses is a sequence Bobby also recommends to prevent and to minimize hot flashes.
A Pranayama class for the Mind and Breath. Students should be familiar with basic Ujjayi and Viloma Pranayamas. This class was hosted by the Iyengar Yoga Association of the United States
On this final day of the online intensive with Abhijata, we began the practice with Pranayama - both seated and supine. Abhijata introduced Pranayama as a practice of sensitivity. Then we practiced several poses, each one with support as Abhijata encouraged us to recognize props as tools to help us realize yoga as a way of life.
On the fifth day of this online intensive, Abhijata showed us that we can effect the breath by different ways of working the body. With Urdhva Hastasana, we practiced several variations - classic, palms forward and Garudasana Arms and we noticed where the breath moved in the body depending on how we used our arms. We followed this pattern as we practiced the standing poses. She emphasized that where the breath moves the mind moves. When we practiced Uttanasana and Urdhva Hastasana in the middle of the class we were made aware that we could not move the body quickly and the breath slowly or vice versa.
On the third day of this weeklong online intensive, Abhijata Iyengar encouraged us to soften and in particular to soften our groins. For the first half of this class, we belted our pelvis and legs together; placing a belt on the pelvis, the shins, the thighs and the ankles and Abhijata welcomed the use of 6 belts on the legs, if available. We also placed a 4-fold cotton pune blanket in between our upper thighs to further emphasize the softening of the groins. During this class, Abhijata encouraged us to make our yoga practice comfortable because so much of our world right now is uncomfortable. We ended the session in Svastikasana supported with the back at the wall with the practice of Ujjayi III pranayama.
This was the first day of practice during Abhijata Iyengar's 7 day Online Yoga Intensive, The Power of Unity.
From BKS Iyengar's Book, Yoga: The Path to Holisitc Health, There are minor viral infections of the mucous membranes that line the upper respiratory tract, including the nose and throat. The most common symptoms are nasal obstruction and discharge, sinusitis, sore throat, sneezing, coughting and headaches.
From BKS Iyengar's, book Iyengar Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health, "The Immune System is the defense mechanism of the body and protects us from disease. Its main agent is the blood, a fluid consisting of plasma and red and white corpuscles of blood cells. It is the white corpuscles that inhibit the invasion of the bloodstream by microorganisms. There are two types of immunity: natural and acquired. Yoga strengthens both, and regular practice of the recommended asanas can help to counter the disorders that affect them."
This Sunday Morning session challenges you with two hours of Inversions and Backbends including Vrksikasana and Urdhva Dhanurasana followed by one hour of Restorative and Pranayama with an introduction to Anuloma Pranayama and Nadi Shodana Pranayama. All Lois' classes are taught in the Iyengar Tradition and the Advanced Classes are appropriate for students with several years study in Iyengar Yoga. Listen to and Download this class in our Download Store Here.
This is a restorative sequence. You will need 3-5 blankets, a chair and a strap. A bolster is also useful if available.
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