Standing Poses: Upright and Inverted
In the Iyengar method, the standing poses and the inverted poses are the foundations of asana practice. These are the poses that are presented and emphasized for the first several years of practice and longer. A master practitioner for over sixty years, Mr Iyengar continues to practice these foundation poses regularly.
Basic standing poses and points about them have been presented in my first recording, Yoga: A Basic Daily Routine. Foundations proceeds from there with deeper actions and more difficult standing poses.
If you are not familiar with these basic standing poses, study with a competent Iyengar teacher and/or practice with Yoga: A Basic Daily Routine before attempting to work with this CD. The terminology and the pace of instructions presupposes familiarity with the basics.
Basic Inverted poses (headstand, shoulderstand and plow pose) are presented here. Although the foundations for doing these poses are given on Track 2, the guidance of a competent teacher, especially for headstand, is recommended to correct any errors.
A few suggestions on using this audio class:
- Have the props you'll need nearby and ready to use. This will help to avoid interrupting the CD and your practice unnecessarily.
- Some may find this practice strenuous. If you need to come out of a standing pose before instructions are finished stand in Tadasana and wait for the next asana.
- Rest in relaxed Uttanasana between standing poses if you feel fatigued
- The sole of the foot refers to the ball of the foot.
- There is no guided Savasana on the tape so that more asanas could be included. I strongly recommend you include Savasana
- If you do not have an hour to practice, Tracks 01 and 02 may be done separately. Track 01 is a good morning practice; Track 02 is a good evening practice.
- Avoid inversions until you have consulted an experienced teacher if one of the follwing conditions is present: during menstruation, high blood pressure, heart problems, eye, ear or neck problems.