Deep lunge perfect for Cyclists and one of my regular class postures.
As 2014 warms up and Yoga for Cyclists Series 3 begins this tuesday 11th, here is the 3rd of my Iyengar classifications and posture Dictionary document, moving up a level of difficulty from 11-16. As I practice outdoors more now my focus turns to more dynamic sequencing, handstanding and Viparita Chakrasana style sessions. Theres a sychronicity between winter months indoors keeping the warmth going and when we can get outside and explore deeper more challenging postures, and Sun Salutations in the sun, need I say more? Some parallels with biking too, many of us will have been turbo training for months, now the time comes to get outside and celebrate life.
Sanskrit names are given first before one English translation. Postures are often known by different names in different teaching styles, however they largely descend from Mr Iyengars worldwide promotion of the science of Yoga descended from Sanskrit language. This tribute serves to supply students with reference to most of the postures they would come across learning the science. We are getting more diffiicult now, and the number of postures in each bracket reduce, check the earlier posts for what are more introductory postures of the type I teach students.
11. Vatayanasana-horse face
Akarna dhanurasana- archer
Eka pada sirsasana- one legged headstand S.S
Eka pada setu bandhasana-shoulder bridge one legged H.S.S
Marichiyasana 4, var-sage
12. Supta vajrasana-reclined bound lotus
Parsvaika pada sirsasana- side legged headstand S.S
Pinca mayurasana-peacock feather
Eka pada urdvha dhanuasana-one legged upward bow
13. Asta vakrasana- crooked
Supta padangusthasana-reclined foot to head
14. Kurmasana- tortoise
Supta kurmasana- reclined tortoise
Setu Bandhasana- supported bridge
15. Vamadevasana 1, 2 var.- vamadeva sage
Urdvha Dhanurasana 2-upward bow from standing
Eka pada sirsasana-one leg behind head E.P.S
Sayanasana-peacock feather on elbows
16. Bhairavasana- formidable Shiva E.P.S
Skandasana- pose of lord Skanda/ reclined eka pada sirsasana E.P.S
Uttitha hasta padangusthasana- extended big toe
Parsva bakasana-side crane
Parsva kakasana-side crow
Bhairavasana, many years practice for this one.