Yogadandasana (Yogi Staff Pose)

Iyengar's difficulty rating: 19* out of 60*

Urdhva Kukkutasana (Upward Cock or Rooster Pose)

Iyengar's difficulty rating: 18* out of 60*

Parsva Bakasana (Side Crane or Side Crow Pose)

Iyengar's difficulty rating: 16* out of 60*

Visvamitrasana (Pose Dedicated to Visvamitra)

Iyengar's difficulty rating: 20* out of 60*

Kasyapasana (Pose Dedicated to Kasyapa)

Iyengar's difficulty rating: 19* out of 60*

Vasisthasana (Pose Dedicated to Vasistha or Side Plank Pose)

Iyengar's difficulty rating: 18* out of 60*

Yoganidrasana (Yogic Sleep Pose)

Iyengar's difficulty rating: 18* out of 60*

Viranchyasana I (Pose Dedicated to Viranchi 1)

Iyengar's difficulty rating: 19* out of 60*

Ruchikasana (Leg Behind Head Forward Fold Pose or Pose Dedicated to Ruchika)

Iyengar's difficulty rating: 18* out of 60*

Kala Bhairavasana (Pose Dedicated to Shiva the Destroyer of the Universe)

Iyengar's difficulty rating: 19* out of 60*

Bhairavasana (Terrifying Pose Dedicated to Shiva)

Iyengar's difficulty rating: 16* out of 60*

Ardha Matsyendrasana II (Half Lord of the Fishes Pose 2)

Iyengar's difficulty rating: 19* out of 60*

Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana (Extended Hand To Big Toe Pose)

Iyengar's difficulty rating: 16* out of 60*

Note: due to a technical mixup, we didn't end up taking a picture of the final form of Iyengar's Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana! The pictures above are of a prep pose achieved by following steps 1-4 below. Steps 5 and beyond will guide you towards the final form.

Iyengar's Technique:

  1. Stand in Tadasana.
  2. Raise your R leg, bend your R knee, and hold your R big toe between your thumb and fore and middle fingers on the R hand.
  3. Rest your L hand on your L hip. Take two breaths.
  4. Stretch your R leg forward while resisting by pulling back with your arm.
  5. Then wrap both hands around your R heel and lift your leg higher.
  6. Keeping your leg lifting, bow forward and rest your head, then nose, then chin on your R shin.
  7. Take a few deep breaths, then return to Tadasana.

Comparing Forms:

  • Iyengar looks much more relaxed than I do! This pose is strenuous for me this early in a sequence. I often need more time and warmth for my leg muscles to release.