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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 considerations for choosing and sequencing poses. 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 preparing 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 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.


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