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.