Posts Tagged ‘Salabhasana’

Jakarta: September 14 – 16, 2018

January 24, 2019

Workshop at C Studio Jakarta

We began the class with Parvritta Swastikasana.

Uttanasana with Head on Block.

Adho Mukha Svanasana.  Stand facing the wall with the rope slipped around your waist. Step over both sides of the rope with one leg, and then turn around to face away from the wall. Slide the knot down onto your sacrum. Bend your knees and fold forward into Adho Mukha Svanasana. Keep your heels at the wall and as close to the floor as you can. Reach your hands forward. The rope extends the lumbar spine toward the wall, while the hands draw the spine forward. These opposing movements extend the lumbar, decrease compression of the disc on the nerves and reduce low back pain. Turn toes in.

Working with a block between her hyper extended elbows helped reduce the pain in her arms that occured whenever she did this pose.

Salabhasana on the ropes.

Uttitha Hasta Padangustasana 1, with Back to The Wall and Pully Ropes.

Uttitha Hasta Padangustasana 2, with Back to The Wall and Pully Ropes.

Standing Twist to Wall with Pully Ropes.

My host, Rany Fetrix made t-shirts from my drawing.

© 2019 Bobby Clennell

Iyengar Yoga General Convention in Granada: April 21 – 23, 2017.

September 11, 2017

The Iyengar Yoga General Convention in Granada was hosted by Asociacion Española de Yoga Iyengar.

Bharadvajasana. To turn to your left, lift your front spine. Pin your right hip down, press your right back ribs forward toward your right breast and move them away from your spine.

Ardha Chandrasana. On the left side, pin your left shoulder-blade and left buttock deep into the body, and turn the entire torso up away from the standing leg.

Uttanasana: Standing with the legs apart allows you to rest in the pose. Doing this pose with the feet together helps strengthen the internal pelvic organs.

Dandasana with a belt.

Salabhasana: when the torso is heavy and hard to lift, place a rolled blanket under the abdomen. Wind a belt three times around the wrists, pull the arms back and lift the chest.

Dhanurasana: Lift your thighs off the floor and push your shins back  until the front ribs are also raised up off the floor.

Urdhva Dhanurasana: Support this pose from your arms and legs, and do not initiate coming into the pose from your spine: Drive your heels into the floor, pull the backs of the thighs up toward the buttock crease. Roll the tailbone away from the waist and press it up. Press your hands down, revolve your upper arms in toward your head and neck, and pull the shoulder blades away from your neck and forward into your chest.

Beautiful entertainments.

These are the organizers. Take a bow ladies!

© 2017 Bobby Clennell.

Slovenia Workshop, May 15 – 17, 2015

September 22, 2015

Yoga workshop at City Joga Center in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

This was my second visit to this city and this yoga studio.


Ljubljana is so pretty.


Pincha Myorasana, with a block and the palms turned up.


Press the backs of your hand to the floor, opening them from the outer edges to the thumbs. Pull the deltoid muscles up and “fix” them onto the shoulder blades.


We observed that in Salabhasana, some could raise their legs but not their chest. Others, like the student in the forground, were stronger in the upper body than their lower. An even balance is what we are working for.


Urdhva Dhanurasana: Begin in Chatoosh Padasana, feet supported up on blocks, holding the sides of the mat. Pull the back ribs up away from the floor and forward onto the chest.



Let go the mat, and place your hands on the floor beside your head, fingertips under the shoulders.


Push your hands and feet down. Lift your spine and pelvis. Having the feet raised helps the student raise the pelvis.

© 2015 Bobby Clennell.

The National Iyengar Yoga Therapeutics Convention

May 18, 2010

The convention in Portland, Oregon, was inspiring on so many levels. The way that the information was stuctured and given out to us was both simple and profound. The asanas were presented in the order in which they are given to the “patient”. The order of the poses also reflected the development of a baby. Each pose, of course, is practiced in a way that is relevant to the person’s condition, injury, or age.

The first day of the convention was all about variations of Savasana (a new born baby’s position is a laying down position). First you teach the student/patient to be quiet. You also relax tense muscles, organs and nerves.

The baby lies on it’s side. Here, among other poses, we were going to practice and discuss Anantasana, but there was no time, so this was omitted.

Next, observe and teach the sitting and twisting poses. The baby sits up. The patient will not be strong enough yet for standing poses.

Then we looked at the supported standing poses. The baby stands.

We did a little asana on the way through, but not much, as we were mostly either listening, or watching, or working on each other in very supported poses. One pose that stood out that we did practice during the back bend segment was salabhasana with the arms threaded through a double or triple wrapped long rope. Try it, and don’t come out of it too soon, and tell me how your triceps feel the next day!

Inversions were next. Even the baby once it can stand, will stand with it’s legs apart and look through it’s legs, in a “half inversion” at it’s Mother!

Our last class was pranayama. Later that evening we were entertained by some wonderful Indian musicians. I drew this picture of the tabla player on my iphone.

There were five-hundred delegates, all certified Iyengar teachers, and twenty percent of them came from abroad. It was a marvelous coming together of old friends and like-minded souls. Geetaji’s teaching was brilliant. I flew home back to New New York on Sunday night and then taught all day Monday. Despite my tiredness, I was energized by Geetaji’s teaching and humbled by her dedication to those who are in need of help.

© 2010 Bobby Clennell.