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Studying with the spirit of Geetaji

I spent the month of December 2019 at the Iyengar Institute (RIMYI) in Pune, India. This was my third trip to Pune.  As sometimes happens at the Institute, regular classes were suspended to accommodate special sessions, in this case, for…

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Goraksasana using ropes

I like to practise this supported variation of Goraksasana. Reaching up the ropes helps me to sustain lift in my torso, and the wall gives me a reference for plugging in at the midline of my buttocks. - Niren Pandya,…

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Stephanie Tencer In Virabhadrasana I

Virabhadrasana I at an outside corner

I've always found this particular variation of Virabhadrasana I super-informative. I especially love how the wall helps me to understand the relative position of my pelvis and how the extra height under my front foot shifts substantially more weight into…

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Paryankasana using blocks

I enjoy practising Paryankasana with a vertical block under my thoracic spine because it gives lift to a part of my back that is challenging to access otherwise. I use the block under my forearms to push against, and this…

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Salabhasana using a wall

Changing the orientation of Salabhasana by using a wall helps me to access my upper back. My shoulder blades dig nicely into my back and from the sharp upward extension of my legs, my entire spine can curl back. My…

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