Posted by: eveyoga | November 21, 2010

Sequencing

Buddha at the Florist Shop

I’ve spent part of this beautifully sunny (at last!) day writing out yoga sequences for a project that will consume me for some time.

There’s an find art to designing a yoga sequence:

•First of all, a sequence needs to have a beginning, middle and end. Warm-up, work-out, cool down.

•It must be purpose-built for the individual(s) who will do it, and fit like a tailor-made garment.

•It should relate to a bigger picture, in other words, the practices done in the days or weeks before this sequence is presented, and the ones that will follow it.

•It needs to flow. The practitioner(s) should sense the sequence is seamlesss from beginning to end. Don’t stand, then sit, and stand again. If you group postures together, they will increase in efficacy.

•Finally, the designer should know the effect of putting a pose in a certain place in the sequence. Placing forward bends at the beginning of a sequence and also the particular ones you choose will get a different result than placing them near the end of a session.

I’ve been collecting sequences I liked or that had a felicitous effect on me for decades. Now that I am in semi-retirement, I have the time to do it; however I’m seriously daunted by the prospect of organising all these practices randomly filed in my computer or in notebooks.

I may even have to learn my way around my computer.

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