Iyengar Yoga Poses for Back

By Patricia | April 30, 2009
Iyengar Yoga Poses For Back

Iyengar Yoga poses for back are many and all of them focus on correct alignment and precise movements. Thanks to this attention to detail and modifications of in many of the poses, Iyengar Yoga has proven itself an excellent form of Yoga, particularly for people suffering from back or neck aches and pains. Iyengar Yoga also encourages the use of props such as straps or blocks. They are often used as part of the Yoga sessions, particularly by students who are still inflexible or by those who wish to compensate for certain injuries or innate inadequacies. You will definitely benefit the most from the modifications carried out to many of the poses.

Given below is a long list of Iyengar Yoga poses for the back:

  1. Ardha Bhekasana (Half Frog Pose)
  2. Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog)
  3. Ardha Uttanasana (Standing Half Forward Bend)
  4. Bakasana (Crane Pose)
  5. Bharadvajasana I (Bharadvaja's Twist)
  6. Bhujangasana (Cobra pose) – Bitilasana (Cow Pose)
  7. Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)
  8. Dolphin Plank Pose
  9. Double Leg Raises
  10. Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana (Upward Facing Two-Foot Staff Pose
  11. Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (One-Legged King Pigeon Pose)
  12. Hanumanasana (Monkey Pose)
  13. Janu Sirshasana (Head to Knee)
  14. Kapotasana (King Pigeon Pose)
  15. Marichyasana (Sage Marichi twist pose)
  16. Marichyasana I (Pose Dedicated to the Sage Marichi, I)
  17. Marichyasana III (Marichi's Pose)
  18. Matsyasana (Fish Pose)
  19. Natarajasana (Lord of the Dance Pose)
  20. Padmasana (Lotus Pose)
  21. Paripurna Navasana (Full Boat Pose)
  22. Parivrtta Janu Sirshasana ((Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose))
  23. Pasasana (Noose Pose)
  24. Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend)
  25. Pincha Mayurasana (Feathered Peacock Pose)
  26. Plank Pose
  27. Prasarita Padottanasana (Wide-Legged Forward Bend)
  28. Sethu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose)
  29. Shalabhasana (Locust Pose)
  30. Sphinx Pose
  31. Trikonasana (Triangle pose)
  32. Urdhva Dhanurasana (Upward Bow or Wheel Pose)
  33. Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward-Facing Dog)
  34. Ushtrasana (Camel Pose)
  35. Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend)
  36. Uttanasana II (Forward Bend or Extension)
  37. Virasana (Hero Pose)

All these poses carry tremendous benefits, particularly in relieving stiffness in the region of the neck, back and shoulder muscles. They all give a good stretch to and thus help improve flexibility of the whole back and spine. You may have to avoid doing some of them in case of chronic spinal or back aches or injuries. Also remember to do the poses only under the supervision of a qualified and experienced Yoga instructor.

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