Paryankasana (Couch Pose)

Iyengar's difficulty rating: 2* out of 60*

Iyengar's Technique:

  1. Begin in Virasana (Hero Pose).
  2. On an exhale, lean back and place your elbows on the floor. Lift your neck and chest. Arch your spine into extension and rest only the crown of your head on the floor.
  3. Hold your L upper arm near the elbow with your R hand, and vice versa. Rest your folded arms on the floor behind your head.
  4. Remain in this shape for 60 seconds with even breathing.

Comparing Forms:

  • Iyengar has a much deeper bend in his lumbar spine, whereas I am keeping my spine shallower and longer. Part of this has to do with the differences in the actual length of our spines, but it may also indicate that he has a different level of spinal elasticity and erector strength.