Posts Tagged ‘The Iyengar Yoga Institute of Guangzhou’

Guangzhou. November 20 – 23. 2014.

January 26, 2015

Free Breast Health class at The Iyengar Yoga Institute, Guangzhou, China.


Around 90 women showed up for this class.


They don’t use the term “breast cancer” here.


The closest I could get to a translation was “breast displaisure”. But whatever term you use, it’s in the increase in China. There seem to be less mammograms here. Many of the women who showed up to this class said they had recieved ultrasounds.

Women’s Workshop


Uttanasana. To minimise abdominal or armpit compression, keep your arms aligned with your torso as you fold forward into the pose.


We imprinted the extension of the abdominal area as a way of dealing with, or avoiding abdominal scar tissue and ovarian cysts.


For an excessive menstrual flow (more likely experienced by women going through menopause), take the support of the bench.


This student found relief for her heavy menstrual flow in this pose.

Baddha Konasana. Sitting with the rope around the mid back trains the back muscles and the spine to play a supporting roll.



This pose helps reduce menstrual pain caused by endometriosis (a well known condition in China).


© 2015 Bobby Clennell.

China, part 3

January 9, 2014


Parent & Kid Yoga at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of China, Guangzhou


Drawing with kids while waiting for the class to start.

Adho Mukha Vriksasana (Tree Pose) with a friend.

Adho Mukha Vriksasana (Tree Pose) with Mom.


Adho Mukha Vriksasana (Tree Pose). Now we’re on our own!


Supta Sukhasana (Reclining Cross Legs Pose).


After the clas with the children. My translator Ming is next to me on the left.


3-day women’s class. Spreading the palms of the hands and extending through the tips of the fingers in rope Adho Mukha Svanasa (Supported Downward Dog Pose). Hands are an important part of our practice as women; they influence the chest. Spread the palms and the circulation is immediately improved around the breasts.

Yoga in a shopping mall


200 women came for a 2 hour class, 40 floors up, in the tallest shopping mall in Guangzhou. They were mostly office workers from the area.


Suptha Padangustasana II (Reclining Big Toe Pose to the Side).


There was a lot of media excitement. I think I was interviewed at least five times before the class began. Some of the interviewers wanted to know what I thought about Chinese women only practicing yoga to stay thin.


Supta Padangustasana II (Reclining Big Toe Pose to the Side). As you take the right leg to the side, keep the opposite hip from following it. Align the hip bones so they are level with each other; then focus on hip joint mobility, rather than how close to the floor you can get the right leg.

© 2013 Bobby Clennell.