“Action is movement with intelligence. The world is filled with movement. What the world needs is more conscious movement, more action.”
– B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on Life
Welcome back to our exploring Iyengar series! Two weeks ago, we introduced the practice of Iyengar Yoga and what distinguishes it from different types of yoga being practiced throughout the world. This week we look at the mechanics of three essential yoga poses and understanding the importance of doing these fundamental poses correctly.
Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward dog) is likely an asana (pose) that all yoga classes incorporate. In examining this asana can you achieve regulation in your nervous system when doing this pose and create mobility, stability integration and consolidation? The answer is yes if completed correctly. For this you will need to be instructed in how to take the pose properly.
There should be symmetry between the left and right sides of the body and an even distribution of weight on the palms and the feet.
Virabhadrasana I (Warrior 1)
If already having back issues take a cross over stance with back foot at back edge of mat and front foot ahead of back foot halfway towards the opposite edge rather a heel to arch alignment to provide more space in pelvis and spreading of the sacrum
If the chest is fully expanded the lungs gain elasticity. It relieves stiffness in the shoulders and back and tones the shoulders, back, ankles and knees.
Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward Dog)
Chest expansion lungs gain elasticity, blood circulates properly in the pelvic region and keeps it healthy, and it rejuvenates the spine elevating back pain.
Place hands on blocks instead of on floor directly as instructed above.
*Hint – In yoga you must inhale to lift the chest at the beginning of moving into an asana (pose) instead of exhaling. Try this jump from feet together to feet apart, do it with an exhalation and then an inhalation notice the difference in your chest and breathe.
To learn more about the fundamentals of various poses and book a class or private session visit Annette’s website at www.bepresent4u.com. Look for this symbol as only Iyengar Regulated Practitioners can use it.
Yoga is a practice that is available to everyone – whichever style of yoga you chose to practice. Spending a little time each day working on the poses will improve your health from the inside out!
Annette will also be teaching for Muskoka Chautauqua from August 6 to the 15th from 8:30am to 9:30am at Muskoka Chautauqua in the village of Windermere in Muskoka. Join her to experience this yourself!!!
To look for an Iyengar teacher near you go to: https://iyengaryogacanada.com