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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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Adia Kapoor in Parivritta Trikonasana

Parivrtta Trikonasana using the trestle

  Using the trestle for Parivrtta Trikonasana gives me the stability to extend the trunk further and access a deeper twist. The feedback I get from having my back body touching something helps me align my head, ribcage, and pelvis…

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Building strength for Nakrasana

A couple of years ago, I finally faced the challenge of developing strength for Nakrasana.  I could hold Chaturanga Dandasana just fine, but, when I tried to jump, my crocodile looked more like a slithering snake.  Friends made suggestions; none…

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Lori Berenz in Adho Mukha Vrksasana

Adho Mukha Vrksasana using blocks

I like to use blocks under my hands in Adho Mukha Vrksasana because it increases the integrity of my upper arm muscles and takes the pose out of my elbow joints.  Working like this helps me to improve my strength…

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Devin Waterbury in Pincha Mayurasana

Pincha Mayurasana using a chair

I like to use the chair in Pincha Mayurasana because it helps me to open up my tight shoulders. With the help of the chair, I can also access more lift and extension in my chest than otherwise. - Devin…

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My First AGM

First Impressions IYAC/ACYI recently held its 2019 conference and AGM in Winnipeg. For several students – some long-time practitioners and others newer to Iyengar Yoga – this year's event was their first IYAC/ACYI conference & AGM. Below, Duncan McNairnay, Lois…

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