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Iyengar Pratica Scienza

06 Aprile 2023

Spring Blooming - part 4

Chiara M. Travisi - illustrated by Svenja Karstens


In Part 4 of the Spring blooming sequence, the practice continues with a rather long series of purva pratana asanas with different levels of complexity. In bharadvajasana and in the standing bujangasana with ropes at the wall, the bolster receives and welcomes the upper chest giving a sense of lightness even if the work is antigravitational. The bolster is employed as a point of reference toward which pushing and blooming the upper chest. Since these asanas are indeed working against gravity, the practitioner here learns to use the legs to give a vertical active lifting to the chest. The main idea is elevating the heart as if it were on an ‘alter’ in order to allow it to rest down, softening and releasing with no tension. Thus, the legs and back chest are literally at the service of the front chest.


The following ustrasana and kapotasana variations require an intense work in the legs to learn how to pump the chest up and should be approached according to each own capacity.


Finally, the last three asanas that I propose to close this part, not only are back extension but also inverted asanas. Accordingly, the combination of chest opening and inversion is particularly interesting: the chest, which is now lower than the pelvis, can drop down from the support going in favor of gravity. Besides, these inverted positions, contributing to blood return from the peripheral arts back to the heart, oxygenate the cardiac organ itself.


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