100 Years / 100 Poses

100 Beginner & Supported Poses in honor of BKS Iyengar’s 100th Birthday on Friday, December 14, 2018. The still shots are not entirely in the right order, and it’s not always pretty, but we did 100 poses in 2 hours! Woot! Happy Birthday Mr. Iyengar!

Here’s The List:

  1. Chair Tadasana
  2. Chair Parvatasana
  3. Chair Bharadvajasana
  4. Chair Garudasana
  5. Chair Pasasana
  6. Chair Kurmasana
  7. Tadasana
  8. Urdhva Hastasana
  9. Urdvha Namaskarasana
  10. Namaskarasana in Tadasana
  11. Standing Virasana
  12. Vrksasana
  13. Utthita Hasta Eka Pada Akunchanasana (with chair)
  14. Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana with foot on back of chair
  15. Utthita Parsva Hasta Pada Akunchanasana (with chair)
  16. Parsva Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana
  17. Marichyasana 3 standing
  18. Parivrtta Utthita Hasta Padangustasana
  19. Paschima Baddhanguliyasana
  20. Utthita Hasta Padasana
  21. Parsva Hasta Padasana
  22. Virabhadrasana 2
  23. Utthita Parsvakonasana
  24. Utthita Trikonasana
  25. Ardha Chandrasana with chair
  26. Baddha Hasta Arms in Tadasana
  27. Ardha Uttanasana ~ hands on chair
  28. Vimanasana
  29. Virabhadrasana I
  30. Virabhadrasana 3 Prep with chair
  31. Gomukhasana Arms in Tadasana
  32. Ardha Parsvottanasana: hands on chair
  33. Parivrtta Trikonasana
  34. Parsvottanasana Simplified
  35. Prasarita Padottanasana I
  36. Gulphasana Padottanasana
  37. Padangusthasana
  38. Padahastasana
  39. Uttanasana Resting
  40. Uttanasana Classic
  41. Sirsasana or Preparations
  42. Adho Mukha Virasana
  43. Adho Mukha Svanasana
  44. Parighasana
  45. Vajrasana
  46. Parsva Vajrasana
  47. Dandasana
  48. Swastikasana
  49. Siddhasana
  50. Virasana
  51. Parvatasana in Virasana
  52. Malasana (from Virasana)
  53. Bharadvajasana 1 Simplified
  54. Bharadvajasana 2 Simplified
  55. Marichyasana 1 Upright Twist
  56. Marichyasana 1 Forward Bend
  57. Marichyasana 3 Upright Twist
  58. Marichyasana V Upright Twist
  59. Ardha Matsyendrasana I
  60. Upavistha Konasana (upright)
  61. Baddha Konasana (upright)
  62. Dandasana
  63. Urdhva Hastasana in Trianga Mukhaikapada Paschimottanasana
  64. Urdhva Mukha Trianga Mukhaikapada Paschimottanasana
  65. Trianga Mukhaikapada Paschimottanasana
  66. Paschimottanasana
  67. Janu Sirsasana Upright
  68. Janu Sirsasana Upright Twist
  69. Urdhva Mukha Janu Sirsasana
  70. Janu Sirsasana
  71. Paripurna Navasana Prep 1
  72. Paripurna Navasana Prep 2
  73. Paripurna Navasana (full pose as much as possible)
  74. Ardha Navasana preparation
  75. Urdhva Prasarita Padasana (Legs at 90, center of room)
  76. Jathara Parivartanasana (bent legs)
  77. Halasana
  78. Salamba Sarvangasana
  79. Eka Pada Sarvangasana
  80. Parsvaika Eka Pada Sarvangasana
  81. Supta Konasana
  82. Parsva Halasana
  83. Karnapidasana
  84. Chatushpadasana on chair
  85. Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana on crossed bolsters
  86. Setu Bandha Sarvangasana crossed bolsters
  87. Swastikasana Forward
  88. Supta Tadasana
  89. Eka Pada Pavana Muktasana
  90. Dwi Pada Pavana Muktasana
  91. Supta Padangusthasana I
  92. Parsva Supta Padangusthasana I
  93. Parivrtta Supta Padangusthasana I
  94. Legs Up The Wall
  95. Swastikasana up the wall
  96. Supta Swastikasana
  97. Supta Baddha Konasana
  98. Supta Virasana
  99. Viparita Karani
  100. Savasana

In Memory of Geeta Iyengar, 1944 – 2018

Geeta IyengarVery sad to share that Geeta Iyengar passed away on Sunday, December 16, 2018. Geeta Iyengar was the daughter of BKS Iyengar and author of “Yoga A Gem for Women” which is one of the text books Iyengar Yoga teacher education is based on. Rest Peacefully Geetaji. December 7, 1944 – December 16, 2018

From IYNAUS: “We write with sad news. Our beloved Geetaji died Sunday morning in Pune. There will be a service at RIMYI, and she will be cremated Sunday afternoon in Pune. There are not words adequate to express what she has meant to us and to the world. We are grateful for her devotion to Guruji and his teachings. We are grateful for her passion. We are grateful for her many years of teachings us. We are grateful for her love. We are grateful for her healing touch. Rest In Peace Geetaji.”

From Heather Haxo Phillips, CIYT: “Our dearest, most beloved Geetaji has passed on, giving herself back to the Source.

Geetaji passed easily with no pain, early this morning. In her last moments, she was awake and breathless, in an asana to help her breathe. And then the breath came no more. She was with her family and surrounded in love in her transition.

Geeta told us many times this week that Yoga was all she wanted, it was her path no question about it. And all she wanted for us was to practice.

So please as you process this news, practice. Be together in community, love each other and practice. If you need structure, go to the Sutras and study Sutras 2.2 (and 2.1) as these were the ones on her mind right now, sutras 3.1-3.16. All yoga is transformation. Observe and reflect on transformation, and Geetajis contribution to us individually and collectively. She is with her father now and without suffering. Let us be happy for her and hope that that we will meet them both again in some form.”

Jai Geetaji!”

What Is Your Teacher Studying Today? Adho Mukha Vrksasana

Today, I am studying Handstand!!

Adho Mukha Svanasana ~ HandstandAdho: Downward
Mukha: Face or Facing
Vrksa: Tree
Asana: Posture or Pose

Literally, “Downward Facing Tree Pose” or more commonly known as Handstand.

This pose is a lot of fun. I have been doing handstands in dance and gymnastics since I was about 10 years old, so it’s nice to connect with my inner 10 year old!

… Except for that in the Iyengar Method, we have to demonstrate and teach the pose with the hands turned out to the sides for the IJ1 assessment. I have “Caring Arms” (aka bilateral hyperextensible elbows) and turning my palms out undermines me being able to straighten my arms. So, I’m working on that. When I find something that works, I will post it!

Once students are competent in other inversions (like shoulder stand and head stand), we start by teaching handstand at the wall and learning to kick the legs up first. And then getting the heels to the wall with the help of your teacher.

You may notice in this initial “before” photo, my hands and fingers are pointed forward, which is the position for the Intermediate Junior II level. Sigh. So, I’m all set for Junior II! LOL. Just have to make it past Junior 1 first. Although, the position of my elbows vs. hands, you can totally see my bilateral hyperextensible elbows!! Good News! Those wonky elbows are called “Caring Arms”!

(Note: I may or may not be studying for Iyengar Yoga Intermediate Junior I assessment at some point in the near-ish future (before the offspring graduates from high school!). Doesn’t matter. Yoga is all good. That’s what I keep telling myself!)

So, that’s what your yoga teacher is studying today!