What is a Yoga Wall? & Why You Should Use It

Our Yoga Wall can be an important tool for both advancing your practice and correcting underlying imbalances that manifest as injuries and chronic pain.

The Yoga Wall was originally developed by B.K.S. Iyengar and is often referred to as a "rope wall." Practicing with a rope wall is sometimes referred to as "Yoga Kurunta." Kurunta means puppet - and the wall allows practitioners to hang like puppets. Rope walls were common in India, where practitioners often installed them in their homes and used them to go deeper into poses or achieve asanas that they could not achieve without support.

Practice with security and without strain

A rope wall can both offer a feeling of security and also allow a practitioner to experience the benefits of a posture without straining. In particular yoga suspension walls can help with inversions and traction, alleviating spinal and pelvic tension. By using gravity as a natural form of resistance, the rope wall can allow you safely open up further and in new ways than you might without the use of this wonderful prop.

A tool for beginners, injured and advanced practitioners alike

The wall enables beginners and those with functional alignment issues to learn and experience correct postural alignment, while building strength and stability in weaker areas without straining, and while focusing on breath. The wall enables more advanced practitioners to fine tune advanced poses such as backbends.

If you feel stiff, have aches and pains, or that you need to strain to achieve poses in other yoga classes, Yoga Kurunta is a wonderful, therapeutic style to try. If you've been practicing Vinyasa flow, and are interested in working deeper or building your understanding of your personal alignment, try a yoga wall class or come to our monthly basics workshop.

We offer a Yoga Wall Basics workshop every month for those new to practicing with the yoga wall.

About the workshop:

If you are new to using the Great Wall for yoga, or would like to refresh your skills, sign up now for our "Yoga Wall Basics" workshop with Cat Murcek!

The Great Wall is a wonderful tool for yoga. Using it can...

  • change your relationship to gravity in a given pose

  • highlight new aspects of a familiar pose

  • ease weight on certain joints

  • allow for spinal traction with minimal effort

During the 90 minute session, Cat will guide you through the basics of safety precautions, standing poses, inversions for spinal traction, and more. You will gain confidence and learn the wide variety of uses the Wall has to help you strengthen and lengthen out in new ways. Come "learn the ropes" of yoga on the Great Wall with Cat! Limited to 10 participants, so sign up to save your spot today!

Visit www.alignbrooklyn.com/workshops for more information