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Inverted Postures in Iyengar Yoga

Pixie Lillas explores the reason behind the emphasis in Iyengar Yoga on inverted postures such as Sirsasana (Headstand) and Sarvangasana (Shoulderstand).

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Anyone practising Iyengar Yoga will have noticed the importance given to the various inverted postures and how these postures form a part of every sequence in every class. Some students are pleased and enjoy them; others struggle with finding the right alignment for their neck or shoulders and perhaps wish there was less of this particular type of Asana.

Why place such emphasis on these poses?

Headstand and Shoulderstand were considered by Mr Iyengar to be the centrepieces of yoga practice. They are often somewhat quaintly referred to as the

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