Day Two: The second day was longer and for me, more tiring than the first. Backbends and forward bends. I seemed so close to getting new movement in my upper back, opening my shoulders and the back of my legs. The goal though is not to overdo one area at the expense of another, and to bring awareness to the whole of the body when doing the pose - front and back, top and bottom, inside and outside. Manipulating arms and legs to get access to the spine, paying attention to hands and feet as the nerve endings they are, feeling the flow of energy and the affect of the different asanas on the body and the breath. Emphasis on alignment, of course. But also of connection to your own body. It's not about doing poses that look good on the cover of Yoga Journal or rushing to take the final stage of the pose, it's more about understanding what it takes to get you there, and then to integrate the whole of the body, mind and breath in the present moment. You can only do the pose in your own body, understanding its condition.
Day Three: There are no poses or sequences 'for the knee', or 'for the back', because you should not be working body parts in isolation. The asanas are meant to bring the body back to neutral. You can rejuvenate after spending all day at work with an active mind and tomasic body by using the poses help to reverse that condition, healing by bringing the mind to rest with an active body. Using blocks and changing hand position with adho mukha svasana totally opened the shoulders. Supporting the head in uttanasana and adho mukha svasana while keeping the legs and arms active can help to rest the mind. The strong root of the leg of supta padangusthasanaa is something to keep in mind with sirsanaa. In between poses, we would again return to tadasana, to feel how differently the body felt as it responded from one asana to the next.
I'm glad someone was taking notes! They will be shared and distributed at some future date. I'm sure as I am reviewing I will be able to pull more wisdom.
Zubin is saddened that the Oxford dictionary currently defines Iyengar yoga as 'yoga done with props'. When he shared this disappointment, one of the students resolved to use her contacts to update the description to 'using props to bring intelligence to the body'.