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YOGA KURUNTA – for perfect and safe practice

YOGA KURUNTA – for perfect and safe practice

Iyengar yoga is characterized by the use of several props such as Ropes , the rope wall, bricks , belts, bolster and chair.  The use of ropes and the rope wall is extremely innovative and helps the yoga student / practitioner to attain higher levels of expertise and satisfaction in many ways.

There are generally three ropes used in Rope Yoga , two higher and a third rope knotted into  the slots. Each of these ropes plays a different role and the various slots in the rope wall ( there are six slots in the wall at the SAY studio)  from the top to the bottom of the wall are each designed to facilitate different asanas.

The function served by the use of ropes may be briefly listed as below :

  • Alignment – the use of the ropes helps you in aligning the pose to the required level . for eg in rope sarvangasana, the use of the rope helps to steadily keep the lower body in line with the armpit while keeping the shoulders firmly on the ground. Some other examples where the ropes help in alignment are the Supta padanustasana and the Uthithhastu Padangustasana


  • Maintaining the pose – The ropes help you in maintaining the back bending pose for longer period of time as the pressure is reduced , for instance in the back bends where you grip the two ropes firmly from both hands and then bend yourself backwards even as your knees remain fixed to the wall. For example The Rope urdhwa Dhanurasana


  • Safety and Security – The ropes ensure that you do not lose balance . for instance , in the above asana (Rope Urdhwa Dhanurasana) , the backward bending of the upper body is balanced by the holding on to the ropes . For beginners especially , the ropes function as a sort of safety net and add safety and security to the body and the mind.


  • Opens up the muscles and strengthens the spine . it facilitates complete stretching eg in oordha mukha and adhor mukha using rope


Rope yoga is especially beneficial for beginners as it removes the fear of performing many asanas and provides complete safety from loss of balance or injury.


Rope yoga for the regular practitioners offers asanas such as rope sirsasana which is especially beneficial for the spine.


Rope yoga provides a complete workout for all parts of the body from the neck to the shoulders to the arms to the abdomen to the thigh and calf muscles. Many traditional asanas can also be performed using the ropes as a variation. There are also asanas that combine the use of various props such as the rope and chair ( eg viparita dandasan) or the rope and brick .


When I first joined the yoga class at SAY, I was a little intimidated by the sight of the ropes and the rope wall. Over time, however, I have come to enjoy doing rope yoga as it is both challenging , secure and offers a number of variations. The teachers at SAY are extremely competent and this has greatly enhanced my experience at the class.

Trikonasana with Rope and Brick


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