Seattle Iyengar Yoga Studio strives to provide a fully equipped Iyengar Yoga studio, so it means one with a yoga rope wall. The rope wall was first developed by the late yoga master, B.K.S. Iyengar, who used it as a prop to deepen and support his asana practice. He called the rope work “yoga karunta,” meaning “yoga puppetry.” The most common to use the ropes is to utilize gravity as a natural form of resistance, releasing normal tension and pressure on the joints. This can be especially beneficial for the spine as well as the organic body, allowing them to open much further than they would in a regular yoga practice. A wide range of poses can be done and deepened on the rope wall: standing, inverted, backbending poses, and more.
The rope wall project at Seattle Iyengar Yoga Studio was in conception way before the actual installation began on January 2, 2015. However, selecting a layout and a competent contractor took longer than originally anticipated. There are a small variety of types: eye screw set up, premade rope panel, and a modified version by John Obendorfer and Eddy Marks. We decided to opt for this modified version because of its multi-tier layout allowing for more applications as well as the recess cut-out for ropes. After a thorough discussion with the contractor, I decided to replace the recess cut-out with an industrial-strength recess rings. They achieve the same effects: even wall surface with a lot less of labor costs. We also modified (widen) the spacing between pairs to fit six sets of ropes in our studio. The installation took 1.5 days. Thank you, Gaspars Construction.
We had to wait for almost three weeks for the ropes as these brown ropes were custom-made and dyed by a supplier in Florida. They are nylon double-braid at 7/16” in diameter. Many Iyengar Yoga studios in the United States ordered ropes from this supplier and we were able to order less than a full spool (600 fts) and still received a discount. They are soft and easy on the hands. After almost an hour of measuring by creating a “test” yoga rope, we went to a local business in Ballard called Second Ascent and they cut the ropes for us to our specifications, FOR FREE. One of our teachers, Susan, helped teach knotting the ropes. The knot is a combination of two triple-fisherman knot. Here is a video of Susan instructing on the knotting.
Finally, we had to make sure that the upper ropes were leveled as the ropes tend to increase in length when tightened by weight. The morning class on January 25, 2015 officially inaugurated the yoga rope wall with a part of the Rope Series I (a combination of the upward-facing dog pose and a forwardbending pose in quick succession). We are very pleased with the wall and the ropes and looking forward to work with our students!
See you on the ropes!