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Iyengar News Pratica

14 Luglio 2023

Summer Extend&Compact - part 5

Chiara M. Travisi - illustrated by Svenja Karstens

Part 5 is entirely dedicated to inversions. Here, the legs are very light and also the movement in the hips is smoother than in standing asanas. For those who have tightened hips, Sirsasana inversions can be particularly pleasurable since the sense of resistance in the movement is overcame and they can get access to new somatic sensations otherwise precluded.


The first variation is for a maximum external rotation and compactness in the hips. The second variation is to give freedom in the growing area and extend the back of the legs completely as it happens in the sitting Upavistha Konasana. Variations number three and four combine an internal and external femurs’ rotation at the same time, either with bent or extended legs. Variations number five and six, Eka Pada Parivrtta Sirsasana, launch the legs in the space in while the spine is twisted producing a rather strong sense of excitement. Finally, Pindasana in Sirsasana goes back to compactness and centripetal actions.


The two variations of Adho Mukha Vriksasana, with Baddha Konasana and Padmasana legs respectively, are an additional little challenge. The crown of the head is resting on the bolster giving quietness to the brain and stability to the position which can be hold for longer than normal.


Iyengar Pratica Scienza

17 Settembre 2023

Summer Extend&Compact - part 8

Learn more on the last part of the Summer practice.

Iyengar Pratica

29 Agosto 2023

Summer Extend&Compact - part 7

Learn more on the extend&compact summer sequence Part 7

Iyengar News Pratica

17 Luglio 2023

Summer Extend&Compact - part 6

Read more on the sixth part of the Extend&Compact sequence