"Yoga puppetry" is how BKS Iyenger described this method of practice.
The ropes work by using gravity as a natural form of resistance causing the body to open much further than regular yoga practices.
Like the bats and sloths hanging upside down, this releases tension from the joints and deeply stretches the entire muscular-skeletal body. Bats and sloths are the only two mammals in the animal kingdom that don’t get arthritis! Rope poses are especially beneficial for spine health through the use of traction to relieve pressure from vertebral discs, which soothes compressed nerves and quiets the mind. They can also be used to create deep openings through the organic body, increasing extracellular fluid and blood flow to nourish the organs and tissues.