Friday, January 14, 2011

Open Practice

At the Institute, each week of the month has a different focus for the regularly scheduled classes.  The first week concentrates on standing  poses, the second is forward extensions and twists, the third is back bends and the fourth is traditionally pranayama.

In addition, during the daily open practice session each person is free to work on whatever they choose.  B.K.S. Iyengar (Guruji) is present in the same practice hall doing his daily practice along with us.  I find this both remarkable and deeply humbling.

In order to work on my Padmasana (Full Lotus Pose), but also to prepare for the rapidly approaching back bend week, I have been working on Simhasana II.  Featured here is a rare photo of me smiling in my attempt to bring the topmost part of the front thighs (nearest the pelvis) onto the bolster while both lifting up and coiling back.


  1. It looks like you're there to me...but of course, what do I know? I love that he takes classes with all of you. Who's teaching then? Or is that the point of open classes? That you're all advanced enough to work on whatever you want, and you have people there to help you get into the poses if you need it?

  2. You've got it right, Julie. We all work on whatever we want to and we offer assistance to each other. It is a valuable sharing of our adventures with trial and error.