Yoga Class To Try: Iyengar Rope-Wall Workshop

Want to mix up your yoga practice? Try this Iyengar yoga class that focuses on correct alignment through ropes and anchors.

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Try this Iyengar yoga class that focuses on correct alignment through ropes and anchors

Rope walls make great challenges for boot-camp or adventure-race courses, and now they’re securing a place in yoga studios—another sign of the legacy of the late, great B.K.S. Iyengar, who used knotted ropes and anchors for improving alignment for more than 70 years. “The ropes can bring students’ bodies back into alignment in a very gentle way, and I believe they act as a physical therapist, chiropractor, and massage therapist in one,” says Amanda Neufeld, owner of and instructor at Yoga Studio Satya in Colorado Springs, a studio that includes a rope wall.

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“Students have moments where they feel the correct alignment on the wall, and this translates to the floor to improve their daily yoga.” With the number of certified Iyengar teachers in the United States on the rise by about 10 to 20 percent each year over the past few years, according to the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States, it’s easier than ever to find an Iyengar rope-wall workshop in your area. But even if the slow precision of Iyengar classes isn’t your thing, there are now a variety of studios, such as those offering mainly vinyasa-style yoga classes, that have started installing similar prop walls if you want to give the ropes a try.

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