Over the past three years Bobby, Lindsey and Jake Clennnell have been gathering footage directly from Pune, India to create a documentary celebrating the life and teachings of BKS Iyengar. The trio is now raising funds to finish the production and need your help to make it come to life! Here’s a trailer of the documentary, which is sure to educate and inspire:
Consider making a contribution and be a part of creating this timeless piece of history!
This week’s events in Boston have been tragically difficult and saddening. It is in trying times such as these that yoga can truly offer a peace, light and healing. We spotted this sequence for times of crisis over on the Facebook Page of Patricia Walden Yoga and wanted to share with the IYISF community. This was a specific practice given by Guruji several years ago (Please refer to BKS Iyengar, Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health, (revised edition, 2008), DK Publishing, for supported versions of the asanas)—thank you to Patricia, Jarvis and Nancy for sharing with our community.
1. The emotional strength in these students need to be built up and that is what we need to work [on].
2. No standing poses. No backbends.
3. All poses should be done with eyes open (including savasana). [Students] can focus their eyes at any point in front or on the ceiling.
4. Ask the students to imagine [that] their eyes are located at the temples and ask them to “open” these eyes.
5. Do not insist on a perfect pose in the current situation.
While breathing in any asana (especialy supine) — ask [students] to breathe in such a manner that the breath touches the lateral side of the chest during inhalation.
Here is the sequence:
1. Savasana (corpse pose; can be done supported on a bolster or blankets)
2. Supta baddha konasana (reclining bound angle pose; can be done supported on a bolster or blankets)
3. Supta virasana (reclining hero pose; can be done supported on a bolster or blankets)
4. Prasarita padottanasana (with head support; wide-leg standing forward bend pose)
5. Uttanasana (with head support and legs spread apart; standing forward bend pose)
6. Adho mukha svanasana (with head support; downward facing dog pose)
7. Viparita dandasana supported by a chair (with head support; inverted staff pose)
8. Sirsasana – viparita karani (headstand; if you’re unfamiliar with the viparita karani version of this pose, do regular sirsasana)
9. Setu bandha sarvangasana (supported bridge pose)
10. Sarvangasana- viparita karani (shoulderstand; can be done supported on a chair; if you’re unfamiliar with the viparita karani version of this pose, do regular sarvangasana)
11. Pranayama: Antara kumbhaka with a very short kumbhaka on the inhalation
We hope that in this sequence you find peace amidst the chaos. Sending love and light to Boston and those affected by this week’s events throughout the world.