Iyengarāsana (September 4, 2018)

“ANYONE who proposes to do good must not expect people to roll stones out of his way, but must accept his lot calmly if they even roll a few more upon it. A strength which becomes clearer and stronger through its experience of such obstacles is the only strength that can conquer them. Resistance is only a waste of strength.”

—Albert Schweitzer

Supported Variations of Iyengarāsana aka Uttāna Padma Mayūrāsana from Setu Bandha Sarvāngāsana— Please read below about how to support the project to have this pose named in honor of Yogācārya B.K.S. Iyengar.

The work to get here was based on a class taught by my teacher, Manouso Manos, at the March 2018 Intensive. The sequence ended with the last pose demonstrated on the chair (version of Iyengarāsana) shown in these photos. There is a variation shown on a quarter-round block or brick (this prop is pictured on Light on Yoga in the last photo). Setu Bandha Sarvāngāsana on this brick was taught to one tall man during the class. It is more difficult (due to its height) than the regular sized block but the shape of the brick fits the triangular shape of the sacrum very well. These variations are my play in practice with the pose, inspired by Manouso’s teaching. There was much more practiced (including all the preparation) than photographed, and I will be sharing the sequence from my practice (up to my certification level for teaching) with the advanced class at the Iyengar Yoga Center of Grand Rapids, on Wednesday, September 5th. “Senior teacher from San Francisco, California, and a long time student of Guruji, Manouso Manos has been calling this pose Iyengarāsana for years following a conversation with his Master! During their conversation it was Guruji himself who suggested that if there ever were a pose in his name it should have to be this one!” Join the effort to name this pose in honor of Yogācārya B.K.S. Iyengar: https://www.change.org/p/sundararājāsana-project-honouring-bks-iyengar-on-his-100th-birth-anniversary/u/23100774