Wednesday, February 26, 2020

“Adult” Backbends

With Richard Rosen

Time: 6:15pm–8:15pm EST
Level: Open (all students welcome)
Cost: $50

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When Rodney and I were in our teacher training program at the Iyengar Institute in the early 1980’s, we learned that there are two loosely defined groups of backbends, “baby” and all the rest. The former includes the simple prone poses like Locust (shalabhasana) and Bow (dhanurasana). The “rest” of the backbends weren’t given a group name by our teacher, but I’ve since christened them “adult.” This group includes a “teenage” Camel (ushtrasana) and the fully adult Upward Bow (urdhva dhanurasana) (however, I’m excluding here the more extreme backbends which are for the most part far beyond the reasonable capacity of most students). We often see the adult backbends, because of stiffness in the groins and armpits among other things, being performed in less than optimal ways. This workshop is for experienced beginners who want to learn how to practice adult backbends safely and sanely, and for beginning teachers who want to improve their teaching of these challenging poses.

Richard Rosen began his practice of yoga in 1980, and is a graduate of the BKS Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco. He’s written two books on pranayama for Shambhala, The Yoga of Breath and Pranayama: Beyond the Fundamentals, and produced a set of seven CDs of guided pranayama instruction. He’s also written for the same publisher, Original Yoga, a book on traditional yoga practice from the seventeenth-century Gheranda Samhita. Richard is a contributing editor at Yoga Journal and president of the board of directors of Yoga Dana Foundation, a grant-making organization supporting teachers in the Bay Area who bring yoga to underserved populations.

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