The Art of Differentiation

Addressing Yoga Student’s Needs: The Art of Differentiation
Yoga Teachers Training Program at the HIYC

You may have had the experience of being a teacher of twenty-five or more students. Possibly you have this experience daily. If so, you have likely encountered the difficulty of meeting all the students’ individual needs. No matter the subject matter taught, the needs of students differ. Students of all ages have varying attention spans, differences in how quickly they grasp certain content or in the method through which they learn best (visually, audibly, experientially, etc.). Students also have different personalities depending on their genes and life experiences or upbringing. All these factors influence how successful they will be in learning and how successful the teacher will be in teaching the students effectively.

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Women and Iyengar Yoga

What’s That Noise in Inversions? Air in Vagina in Inversions…

There is something that happens to many women during Yoga inversions, it can be really embarrassing and it doesn’t get talked about nearly enough. It’s a noise of air, like suction or breaking wind, and it comes from the vagina. It usually happens when we enter or exit the pose, or during the pose as we relax into it, or move around – as in Shoulder Stand and variations when we adjust the pose by shifting our bodies.

If you haven’t experienced it directly, it’s likely that you’ve heard it in your yoga class during hanging Sirsasana or after Shoulder Stand or Halasana, and you may be mystified as to what’s happening. Now is the time to break the silence and shed some light on the matter.

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Yoga Therapy

Yoga has been used successfully for many health disorders such as:
Stomach acidity, Addictions, Asthma, Backache, Bronchitis, Cancer, Common Cold, Constipation, Depression, Diabetes, Flatulence, Headache, Heart Disorders, Hypertension (High Blood Pressure), Indigestion, Insomnia, Menstrual disorders, Migraines, Neurasthenia, Obesity, Premenstrual Tension, Prostate troubles, Rheumatism, Sciatica, Sexual debility, Sinus, Skin diseases, Sore throat, Stress And Tension, Wrinkles, Multiple Sclerosis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis
Yoga can allow people to control a wide range of bodily functions, including:
Blood pressure, Body temperature
Brain waves, Heart rate, Metabolic rate, Respiratory function, skin resistance
People who practice yoga have:
Reduced anxiety, are more resistant to stress, have lower blood pressure, more efficient heart function, better respiratory function, and improved physical fitness.

Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre

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Viparita Dandasana


As we can see on the two pictures the contact with the edge of the support is beetween the 8th and the 9th thoracic vertebrae. This support has an important action on the 9th ribs (left and right). The ribs are higher in the back than in the front, because of their orientation.

The edge’s pressure will create different movements in the bones :

  • The sternum is moving front
  • The 9th ribs are moving front and outward for the front part (red arrow) and front for the back part (blue arrow)
  • T8 and T9 are doing an extension.
  • All the ribs are moving creating an opening of the thorax.


The movement of the ribs and the sternum are pulling the diaphragm muscle giving it an important strech. Diaphragm muscle is known to be the muscle of emotion, by its connection to the solar plexus. It’s the wall beetween thorax and abdomen. It is also responsable for the breath with more than 40.000 movements a day !

This pose is also giving strech to the internal organs



The diaphragm is an important cross for all the fluids in transit beetween thorax and abdomen.
There is 3 mains Holes :

  • Aorte, is carring the blood full of oxygen from the heart to all the abdomen organs.
  • Inferior vena cava, is carring the blood full of carbon dioxide from all the organs to the
    heart and the lungs.
  • Esophagus, is carring the food from the mouth to the stomach.

Vena cava, aorta



Variation of 2 inter costal openings

Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre

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Supta Virasana

'Supta' translated into English from Sanskrit is “reclined or supine" and 'Virasana' translated means "hero's pose".

Reclined hero's posture can be described as a passive backbend or a classic front-opening pose. Sitting comfortably between the heels allows the front of the ankles, shins and lower legs to feel a stretch. As you lie back, the quadriceps and abdominal muscles lengthen, the knees are deeply flexed, and the hips are fully extended. Extending the arms overhead, continuing with the line of the body, adds a shoulder and chest expansion. Abdominal space is accessible because of the full elongation from the kneecaps to the fingertips.

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