“…We have only finite means to know the infinite. When the finite merges in the infinite, everything becomes infinite. Consider the sky. The sky is finite as well as infinite. None can touch it, yet we are in contact with it at every moment of our lives. Similarly, you and I have to use finite means–body, mind, intelligence and consciousness–to reach the infinite seat of the soul which is the mother of all these things.” BKS Iyengar from The Tree of Yoga
This post is in dedication to BKS Iyengar who has recently passed. His passing has deeply touched me. Iyengar yoga has been a healing practice for me. Yoga brought me and my beloved together, and it is a very much a part of our lives. Iyengar yoga is the very practice that has taught me how to be in my body, and be aware of every cell of my body. We may think and desire to get out of our body to evolve or transcend. In my experience, evolution is about being in our body and in every cell of our being becoming fully grounded, present, and connected.
Guruji leaves behind
teachings that grow like roots through
our extended limbs
our expanded minds
wisdom continuing on
in the roots of practice
ever present in experience.
My deepest gratitude, blessings, and a deep bow to Guruji BKS Iyengar. Thank you for your teachings and wisdom that carries through.
I share my practice with you that I did in celebration of Guruji Iyengar.
Before practicing this sequence please note the following as it is a more advanced sequence. Please only practice inversions if you have a regular inversions practice, and do not attempt if you have a neck or back injury. Please refrain from practicing back bends or inversions if you are on your moon cycle. Please adjust all asanas for your body, and use supports where needed i.e chair, bolster, straps, blocks. Also, check in with your regular teacher for guidance on any postures discussed here. Thank you and blessings!
1. Adho Mukha Virasana (downward facing hero pose)
2. Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward facing dog)
3. Uttanasana (forward fold)
4. Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana (standing split)
5. Ardha Badha Padmottanasana (standing half lotus)
6. Utthita Hasta Padangustasana (extended hand to big toe pose)
8. Parsvottanasana (intense side stretch)
9. Prasarita Padottanasana (wide angle standing forward bend)
10. Sirsasana (5-minutes)
11. Adho Mukha Virasana to Adho Mukha Svanasana with heels at the wall
12. Ustrasana 3x’s (camel pose)
13.Urdhva Danurasana 3x’s (wheel)
14. Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana (with or without props ; two legged inverted staff pose)
15. Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (bridge pose with props)
16. Supta padangustasana series (reclined hand to big toe pose)
17. Urdhva Mukha Paschimottanasana II (upward facing intense west stretch) then bring your knees into your chest
18. Rest as you wish.