B.K.S. Iyengar

Brad's Iyengar Yoga Notebook

The notes contained on this page are from my personal file of suggestions given to me by various teachers over time and conversations I have had with other practitioners of Iyengar yoga.

This page is not intended to be a primer for yoga beginners.   Although some basic aspects of the yogasanas are covered, the suggestions given below are meant to be guidelines to help people who are already familiar with the basic form of the asanas and are seeking to explore different aspects of the asanas and become more aware of subtle alignments.   Because there is some inherent danger in many of these positions, practitioners should seek guidance from an experienced yoga teacher before trying to apply the guidelines on this site to their own yogasana practice.

I hope these notes will be a stepping stone to those making progress on the path of yoga.   Namaste.

Update record

January 16, 2006:   Currently updating these asanas:   Pascimottanasana, Janu Sirsasana, Upavistha Konasana, Maricyasana I & III, and Bharadvajasana I.   The anatomic terminology and blanket folding sections are under construction.   Thank you for your patience.

Notes on Individual Yogasanas

Standing asanas: Seated asanas: Lying asanas:
  Squatting   Sukhasana   Supta Padangusthasana
  Tadasana   Virasana
  Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana   Baddhakonasana Twisting asanas:
  Uttanasana   Gomukhasana (arms)   Bharadvajasana I
  Utthita Trikonasana   Dandasana   Maricyasana I
  Ardha Candrasana   Triang Mukhaikapada Pascimott.   Maricyasana III
  Utthita Parsvakonasana   Janu Sirsasana
  Virabhadrasana I   Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana Restorative asanas:
  Virabhadrasana II   Upavistha Konasana   Supported Backbend
  Parivrtta Trikonasana   Pascimottanasana   Supported Setu Bandha
  Parsvottanasana   Viparita Karani
  Prasarita Padottanasana   Savasana
  Inverted asanas:
Backbending asanas:   Adho Mukha Svanasana  
  Urdhva Mukha Svanasana   Adho Mukha Vrksasana
  Ustrasana   Pinca Mayurasana
  Dhanurasana   Sarvangasana
  Setu Bandha Sarvangasana   Halasana
  Urdhva Dhanurasana   Sirsasana

General Information

  General principles for yoga practice   Sequencing of asanas
  Courtesy at the yoga school   Yama and Niyama
  The ancient art of blanket folding   Basic anatomical terminology
  Information in table form   How to contribute to this page
  Recommended reading and resources   Dedication and gratitude

"We shall not cease from exploration.
And the end of all our exploring,
Will be to arrive where we started,
And to know that place for the first time."

T.S. Eliot

B.K.S. Iyengar

Links to Other Sites of Interest

  Iyengar Yoga Official Site -- Includes a link to the Iyengar Yoga Teachers Directory. 

  Iyengar Yoga Resources -- An extensive catalog of internet resources for Iyengar yoga including both educational materials and commercial sites carrying yoga equipment. 

  The Yoga Journal Online -- An excellent resource with a good description of alignments in all the basic asanas and archived articles with details about specific asanas. 

  Yogafont -- By Bill Grainger.   A free font for Mac or PC that allows you to assign asana figures to each key of the keyboard.   The asana gifs on this site are all made using Yogafont 3.0.

  Linguist's Software -- A professional font company that produces True Type fonts for various languages.   Almost all Devanagari script on this website is in the LaserHindi Sanskrit font from Linguist's Software.

 I have no reimbursement from or financial interest whatsoever in any of the websites represented by the preceeding links. 

Brad Priddy
e-mail:   bradford_priddy@hotmail.com
Website First Posted:   March 10, 2002

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