Arquivo do mês: dezembro 2014

Iyengar Yoga helps wounded soldier regain daily functioning

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Today would have been B.K.S. Iyengar’s 96th birthday. To illustrate the legacy of Iyengar’s teaching, I would like to draw attention to this video. It is an interview with Mark Zambon who attended Geeta Iyengar’s 10-day intensive that wrapped up last week.

Zambon lost both of his legs in a bomb blast when he was serving in Afghanistan. To assist with his rehabilitation, he was directed to an Iyengar yoga class taught by a Vietnam veteran. The elder veteran advised Zambon to try Iyengar yoga. He said “combat veterans take well to Iyengar yoga because it touches a very similar space in the experience of life.”

Zambon said the loss of his legs after the bomb blast radically changed his body functioning aside from the obvious loss of two useful limbs. He said it was difficult to cool himself down because 30 percent of his body surface had disappeared…

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UTTHITA TRIKONASANA (OKAY WHY NOT JUST DO A WORKSHOP AND GET IT OVER WITH)

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“In standing asanas, never ever let the inner arch of your feet collapse. This will weaken the inner menisci. Again there is a correlation between collapsed arches and/or knocked knees and knee problems. Knocked knees are contributed to by fallen inner arches of the feet but also by tight adductors and weak abductors.
In all standing postures such as Trikonasana, micro-bend (2 degrees) the front leg and make a swiping movement with your front foot towards the back foot. Never ever push out through the knee down to the floor in an attempt to hyperextend the leg. This would weaken and stretch your cruciate ligaments. The vast majority of knee injuries shows an involvement of ligamentous laxity of the cruciates prior to the actual meniscus tear.
In standing postures be precise in placement of the feet, i.e. turn out of 85 degrees means 85 degrees and not 84. This will…

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The sadhana of lowering expectations of practice during the holidays

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Most of the times during the year, people who practice yoga have a distinct advantage over those who do not. The peace and tranquility of proper yoga practice gives the aspirant a “psychic shield” from the onslaughts of modern culture. However, during the holiday season the tables can quickly turn. A good yoga practitioner who thrives on a regular routine practice will find barriers in holiday class cancellations and family visitors.

I have been in both camps in my years of practice. There have been years where I have shunned family gatherings to make that Sunday class. I was in great shape! However, I think I really missed out on some special family times that I cannot ever get back. So for these next few weeks, I propose a solution: practice when you can, but don’t miss out on special times if there is a choice between loved ones and…

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Exploring Iyengar Yoga Principles #4 (Adho Mukha Vrksasana) with Carrie Owerko

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Iyengar Yoga Principle  sense of direction  applied to Handstand or Adho Mukha Vrksasana with Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher Carrie Owerko

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Savasana: “the most difficult pose to master”

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Savasana, or corpse pose is the bridge between the external practice to the internal practice (bahiranga to antaranga). It is the linking pose between Asana and Pranayama (breath/vital energy control). It is one of the few asanas where one can attain Pratyahara (detachment from the senses). In short, it is arguably one of the most valuable postures in Yoga. But because of its absence of physical challenge, it becomes very difficult for the aspirant to stop the mind chatter (citta vritti) which is one of the major aims of true Yoga practice. Because of this, BKS Iyengar often referred to Savasana as “the most difficult pose to master.” Here is a brief tutorial:

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Props needed are a sticky mat, a strap, and a blanket

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Lay the sticky mat flat

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And use the strap as an intersecting line. This will be a guide for the spine.

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Sit on the sticky mat…

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Ustrasana (Camel Pose) with Gabriella Giubilaro

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Camel Pose with Gabriella Giubilaro, a Senior teacher in the Iyengar tradition from Florence, Italy.

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Yoga Sūtra 3.49

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sattva-puruṣa-anyatā-khyāti-mātrasya sarva-bhāva-adhiṣṭhā-tṛtva sarva-jñatṛtvam ca

And connected with the sole perception of the difference between puruṣa and sattva, there is omniscience and omnipotence.

According to Sāṃkhya, sattva is the quality of lightness and buoyancy a practitioner of yoga seeks to cultivate within their intellect (buddhi). However, sattva is still a quality of one’s emotional-mental-material matrix and is thus an attachment itself. We may experience it in times of euphoria or confidence, or it may manifest as subtle spiritual pride wherein one feels as if they have accomplished a spiritual feat or have the thought to themselves, “I am liberated.” Though these are all enjoyable sentiments (and we could name many more), they still bind one unduly to the ego.

When one is able to realize the slippery slope that sattva can often be through careful self-analysis, Patañjali asserts in this sūtra, they recognize its ephemerality and non-association with…

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