Iyengar Yoga Poses
Iyengar Yoga was introduced by B.K.S. Iyengar, a yoga guru and master from India.
Iyengar Yoga Practice
The initial step of Iyengar method is to learn about the poses and pranayama (breath control) in depth. The poses are divided into sets and if required, props can be used to support oneself while practicing the poses. Props like chairs, wooden blocks, blankets, cushions, bolsters and belts can be used based on the requirement of the individual. Every individual has a different objective in practicing yoga, so the main idea in dividing the poses is to give the individual an opportunity to concentrate on what sections they need.
Iyengar Yoga Poses
There are over 200 different poses and 14 pranayama techniques explained by Sage Patanjali (also called as father of yoga) in his yoga sutras (yoga encyclopedia). Iyengar structured these poses into sets so that they give a easy flow even for the beginners. The sets are:
Standing Series poses include Tadasana Samasthiti, Tadasana Urdhva Hastasana, Tadasana Urdhva Baddha Hastasana, Tadasana Paschima Baddha Namaskar, Tadasana Paschima Namaskar, Tadasana Gomukhasana, Utthita Trikonasana, Utthita Parsvakonasana, Ardha Chandrasana, Prasarita Padottanasana, Adhomukha Svanasana, and Uttanasana.
Sitting Series includes Urdhva Mukha Janu Sirsasana, Upavista Konasana, Paripurna Navasana, Baddhakonasana, Swastikasana, Dandasana and Virasana.
Forward Bending includes Adhomukha Virasana, Paschimottasana, Adhomukha Paschimottasana, Janu Sirsasana and Adhomukha Swastikasana.
Back Bending includes Viparita Dandasana and Ustrasana.
Twisting Series includes Parsva Virasana, Bharadvajasana, Bharadvajasana on chair, Utthita Marichyasana and Marichyasana.
Inversions Series Poses include Salamba Sarvangasana, Sethubandha Sarvangasana, Halasana, Salamba Sirsasana and Viparita Karani.
Supine Series poses include Supta Baddhakonasana, Ujjayi Pranyama, Supta Padangusthasana one and two, Supta Virasana and Savasana.
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