The rope wall was originally designed by BKS Iyengar who used it as a prop to support and intensify his asana practice. He called the rope work “yoga kurunta,” which means “yoga puppetry.”  The rope wall can be used for traction to help relieve back-pain, to deepen a yoga practice, for playful exploration of yoga poses and to work in a different way with gravity.

When we moved to our new location in WRJ, we planned to build a new ropes wall.  I researched a variety of designs online, talked with other studio owners and consulted with friends and students that were crafts-people and carpenters, yoga practitioners and engineers.

After much, I decided to follow the concept/design at the Seattle Iyengar Institute.   I liked the stability of the D-ring attachments they used and the design seemed simple, had a nice appearance and should we ever move again (hopefully not!), the panels can be easily relocated.  Another great resource was the Iyengar Yoga Center of San Diego – which provides another design and some information about lay-out of the wall.

We modified (widened) the spacing between pairs to fit eight sets of ropes in our studio.  We also adjusted the spacing to fit on 4′ X 8′ sheets of plywood.

With a total of 64 holes to cut in the plywood, 4 1/2″ in size, we used a router template to take out the measuring and guess work (thanks to yogis Larry and Steve!).

At the studio, we attached 2 X 4’s to the wall (4) as strapping and then attached the sheets of plywood to the strapping. Yogis and carpenters Richard and Ben get the work done.

A good start with installation and some minor adjustments needed along the way.

We finished the wall on Friday and Saturday, the ropes arrive from India!