As with so
many things in life, we come to using Ropes in Yoga for many different reasons. Some use
the support to come into alignment in poses too physically challenging done unassisted,
others because of health issues and others for the deeper work in asanas the support and
flexibility of the ropes affords. I came to use ropes as a result of chronic lower back
pain which regularly left me unable to do the simplest daily tasks.
After a particularly painful episode involving Paripurna Navasana, my teacher Joan White, helped me rehabilitate and
discover more about my body. In this process, I found inverting with the support of ropes
extremely beneficial. As the months went on I struggled with tying and untying ropes, the
rope and blanket-padding and various pelvic swings. I felt like Goldilocks! One was to
harsh, one to soft and the hooking and unhooking for various poses a general nightmare.
Somewhere was the thought that it could be easier, stronger and more flexible.
After years of experimentation I came up with the design for the Sacral Web. As I
had envisioned it the Sacral Web combines the attributes of Long Rope and Pelvic Swing
into one. Many have found it 'Just Right' and loved it immediately! I trust that after
using the Sacral Web you too will find it a versatile and useful prop in your studio.
When I was developing the Sacral Web, I spent hours hanging upside down, twisting
and turning, experimenting with various designs and ideas. All of this was supported by
the experiences over eight years in working with ropes taught to me by certified teachers.
For more on teachers, consult the Iyengar National Association of the US (IYNAUS).
Thank you for your interest,