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Sequencing: Choosing & Arranging Poses

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we apply knowledge of physiology and pose effects to inform the choice and arrangement of poses in a sequence.

Objective

Learn how to apply anatomy, biomechanics and knowledge of poses to choose and arrange poses in order to promote a balance of strength and flexibility, prepare for a peak pose, sequence vinyasa flow, and meet other objectives.

Description

Describe seven considerations when sequencing poses and provide eight potential reasons for choosing a pose. Describe the spinal movements found in a balanced yoga practice and how knowledge of biomechanics can inform pose sequencing. Provide techniques that can be employed to promote balance via sequencing and the reasons why balancing strength and flexibility is of particular concern. Describe considerations when placing poses to prepare for a peak pose; when sequencing vinyasa flow; and when sequencing for confined spaces such as an office or travel yoga. Define neutral poses and explain reasons for their use. Describe counterposes and how they are sequenced. Explain why it’s universally recommended that asana practice conclude with Savasana and describe how long it should last.

Questions Answered Here

  1. When sequencing poses, what are 7 considerations?
  2. What question should a teacher be able to answer about every pose in the sequence?
  3. Provide 8 potential reasons for choosing a pose.
  4. Describe the spinal movements found in a balanced yoga practice.
  5. How can knowledge of biomechanics inform pose sequencing?
  6. A fundamental sequencing principle is the necessity of setting a class objective and this is a prime basis from which to choose poses. Why might you take that a step further and take a longer view of class planning?
  7. What techniques can be employed to promote balance via sequencing?
  8. Why is balancing strength and flexibility of particular concern?
  9. What are some considerations when placing poses to prepare for a peak pose?
  10. What are some considerations when sequencing vinyasa flow?
  11. When in confined and public spaces such as an office or while traveling, what are some sequencing considerations?
  12. Define neutral poses. What are reasons for their use?
  13. What are counterposes?
  14. How are counterposes sequenced?
  15. Why is it universally recommended that asana practice conclude with Savasana?
  16. How long should Savasana last?

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