style: Props, anatomy, yoga therapy

duration: 60 min

Props 101 – How to Use a Yoga Belt

How to use a Yoga Belt

Paying attention to anatomy and the alignment, Iyengar Yoga is a practice of precision. Poses are held for long periods and modified with props.

Using a yoga belt as the only tool, we unveil how to find the "Satya" of our asana and work with the subtle and inner alignment of the soul. We look at the concept of the Soul within and the connection to the Infinite.

This method is designed to systematically cultivate strength, flexibility, stability, and awareness, and can be therapeutic for specific conditions. The use of props has been Mr. Iyengar’s innovative genius. People of all ages and health conditions can access asanas and for students with ailments or limitations, the use of a belt allows the student to do poses. With props, students with neck or back issues are able do poses.

Increased duration in a pose develops physical and mental stability, poise, and concentration. As we stay in a pose, the mind draws in and we experience objectivity. We use props according to the circumstance, situation, and maturity of practitioner.  This leads us on the inward journey toward the Self.

Cora Wen

Over the past 25 years, Cora Wen has built her reputation as an internationally acclaimed yoga practitioner and teacher.

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