Upward Bows from All Directions #1

Upward Bows from All Directions: Sensing the Unseen: anti-gravitational backward extensions- #1 (advanced) 2.5 hrs Level 4 advanced class. “Backbends are meant to understand the back parts of our bodies. The front body can be seen with the eyes. The…

Upward Bows from All Directions #1

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Upward Bows from All Directions:
Sensing the Unseen: anti-gravitational backward extensions- #1 (advanced) 2.5 hrs Level 4 advanced class.
“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”
How do we learn to measure our actions skillfully when we are dealing with the unseen? One must feel, watch, reflect, analyze, perceive and witness from a state of passive reflection… This class teaches supported and unsupported anti-gravitational backward extensions, such as Ūrdhva Dhanurāsana “upward bow.” Other variations and versions of this class are coming soon. If parts of the class grow too difficult, then skip.
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 students.
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