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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we explore the characteristics of all major pose categories and how this informs sequencing.

Objective

Learn the physical and energetic effects of all major pose categories and become proficient in using this knowledge to inform sequencing.

Description

Describe the physical and energetic effects and sequencing considerations for Standing Poses, Forward Bending, Backbends, Twisting Poses, Balancing Poses, Inversions, Core Strengthening Poses, Side Bending Poses and Asymmetrical Poses.

Questions Answered Here

  1. What are the physical and energetic effects of Standing Poses?
  2. Describe sequencing considerations for Standing Poses.
  3. What is Forward Bending?
  4. What is the anatomical term for forward bending?
  5. What are the physical and energetic effects of Forward Bends?
  6. Describe sequencing considerations for Forward Bends.
  7. What is the primary effect of Backbends? What is the secondary effect, present in active backbends?
  8. Define the term “spinal extension.”
  9. What are the physical and energetic effects of Backbends?
  10. Describe sequencing considerations for Backbends.
  11. What to Twisting Poses do and what is the effect?
  12. How do Twists affect the shoulder girdle, pelvic girdle and spine?
  13. What are the physical and energetic effects of Twists?
  14. Describe sequencing considerations for Twists.
  15. What functional benefit is gained from Balancing Poses?
  16. What are the physical and energetic effects of Balancing Poses?
  17. Describe sequencing considerations for Balancing Poses.
  18. Name and describe four categories of Inversions.
  19. What are the physical and energetic effects of Inversions?
  20. Describe sequencing considerations for Inversions.
  21. What are the functions  and benefits of Core Strengthening Poses?
  22. Describe cautions for Core Strengthening Poses.
  23. A balanced approach to core health includes utilizing the abdominals in what way?
  24. Describe sequencing considerations for Core Strengthening Poses.
  25. What are the effects of Side Bending Poses?
  26. What are the effects of Asymmetrical Poses?

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