“Sensing the Unseen” Upward Arching Backward Extensions: Intermediate class

Upward Arching Backbends Intermediate class: Level 2 – 4 Iyengar Yoga class length 1 hour 24 minutes How do we learn to measure our actions skillfully when we cannot see the effects of actions directly through the eyes ? One…

"Sensing the Unseen" Upward Arching Backward Extensions: Intermediate class

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Upward Arching Backbends Intermediate class: Level 2 – 4 Iyengar Yoga
class length 1 hour 24 minutes
How do we learn to measure our actions skillfully when we cannot see the effects of actions directly through the eyes ? One must develop sensitivity through feeling, watching, reflecting, analyzing, perceiving. Through observation of minute action from moment to moment one learns to witness from a state of passive reflection, where the mind is quiet and can see without prejudice and influence… This class teaches how to explore and access and strengthen the back body through standing postures, supported and unsupported anti-gravitational backward extensions, such as Ustrāsana “camel pose” and Urdhva Mukha Śvānāsana “upward facing dog pose” for continuing – intermediate level students and beyond. If parts of the class grow too difficult, then skip.
“Backbends are meant to understand the back parts of our bodies. The front body can be seen with the eyes. The back body cannot be seen; it can only be felt. That’s why I say these are the most advanced postures, where the mind begins to look at the back, first on the peripheral level, then inwards, towards the core.
For a yogi, backbends are meant to invert the mind, to observe and to feel—first the back, then the consciousness and the very seer. Through the practice of backbends, by using the senses of perception to look back, and drawing the mind to the back portion of the body, one day meditation comes naturally. In other poses, the attention on the back is not given to such an extent and the mind moves outside. Backbends have principles of their own and learning the workings of the mind and intelligence in backbends naturally leads one towards the real aspects of life and the higher aspects of yoga.” –Yogacarya Sri B.K.S. Iyengar, “Interview on Backbends”
Please remember that through direct teaching in class, the teacher tailors the class to the students that are present. In this new virtual classroom, more of that responsibility now lies upon the student’s shoulders. Please ask your teacher if you need guidance or have questions or concerns about how to practice safely or appropriately for your condition. Much of this class is not an appropriate practice for pregnant or menstruating women.
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