Iyengar's difficulty rating: 2* out of 60*
- Stand in Tadasana. Stretch your arms straight overhead and join your palms.
- On an exhale, bend your knees until your thighs are parallel to the floor.
- Rather than folding forward, keep your chest back and your spine straight and tall.
- Remain in this pose, balance, and breathe for up to 30 seconds.
- Iyengar's knees are way in front of his ankles! This alters his center of gravity and allows him to move deeper into this pose than I can. My primary limitation is at the ankles, which simply don't want to dorsiflex that much.
- To assist me in balancing, I'm drawing up on my toes and the transverse arches of my feet. Iyengar's feet are much more relaxed and soft.