The rope wall was designed by the late Indian yoga guru B.K.S. Iyengar to support injuries, deepen the access to a pose, and allow for proper alignment. The ropes are attached to rungs that are drilled into a sturdy double blocked wall that provides both the support and the resistance that allow for the decompression of joints and ultimately the free range of motion in the physical body.
The rope wall is especially useful for people who are stiff, injured, or unable to perform yoga poses without added stability. The rope wall allows the yogi to become more aware of their body in space, a concept known as proprioception. For this reason, rope wall yoga is also beneficial for advanced yogis. Rope wall yoga also offers variations for deep backbends and inversions that can only be performed with a considerable amount of flexibility.
A rope wall can be an invaluable tool for students who are stiff, weak or unable to perform certain asanas independently.
The body is safely supported by the traction of the ropes, stretching and strengthening those hard to reach areas of the spine.
With support of a rope wall, Headstand (Sirsasana), allows the student to remain upside down for a longer period of time, without their body weight resting on the crown of the head. The body is completely allowed to release, while simultaneously hanging upside down in suspension.