There are abundant ways to use the wall ropes (or ropes on bars) to take back bends. Pictured here are some of the milder variations, however, it is still important to be properly prepared and to have the guidance of a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher, or one of maturity and experience, when attempting them for the first time. They range from giving a “tractioned” extension to supplying a stability and awareness to the sacral band.
GENERAL LEVEL SUMMER PRACTICE SHEETS
To maintain your practice over the summer break, prior to the studio re-opening January 2 for the New Years Intensives, here is the General Practice Sequence.
BEGINNERS SUMMER PRACTICE
To help you maintain your practice until the studio re-opens on January 2 for the Summer Intensives.
POSES WITH A YOGA STRAP
Restorative Asana. Urdhva Prasarita Padasana (legs up the wall) may be taken with a a strap around the feet to take the weight of the legs, thus allowing the inner leg and groins to soften. Baddha Konasana (bound angle pose) can be taken simply with a looped strap - seen here in green- dropped over the knees as they are bent and together.