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This website is written as a means to assist in the self-practice of yoga asanas for all students of yoga. It is meant to be used as a tool to inspire you to constantly improve and experience the evolution of your yoga sadhana (practice).
The information is recorded from our own practice, but is based on the inspiration of our teachers and yoga Masters, BKS Iyengar, Geeta and Prashant Iyengar (Pune, India).
The sequences compiled do not follow any pattern but are worked out according to a systematic study and experience of sequencing. Please note that the timings are based on our practice - you can adapt these sequences to suit your own needs. It should be said that rather than leave out parts of the sequence due to time restraints, it is suggested that you lessen the time held in the asana.
If you are unsure of the name an asana in the sequences, please write to me and I will gladly assist.
Most of the asanas are from the Introductory level and therefore suitable for all levels of students who have some experience of the postures.
The philosophy of this approach to sequencing is published in the "Basic guidelines for teachers of yoga" by BKS and Geeta Iyengar. When considering the right sequencing of asanas, one has to first understand the capacity of students of yoga who lack awareness in the body and mind. Thus one starts by becoming aware of one's own body's movements, stability, capacity, coordination, flexibility, and firmness. Also, you will get to know your own muscular/skeletal, organic and neuromuscular body.
The practice of asana is introduced in such a way, that the student works with each part, region and various systems of the body. One must also be aware of general concepts regarding a sequence of yoga poses; they include a sequence that should not irritate the nervous system, appropriate preparation for inversions and backward extension, and their order of learning. You should also know which asanas produce heat or coolness; stimulate or abate; energize; activate or relax; are simple or complex and are commonly practiced at the beginning or the end of the session.
These basic principles of learning have been taken into account, and it is taken as a given that the student using our sequences has some understanding of his/her own abilities and limitations. It is also understood that this is not meant to replace your attendance with your teacher, but merely to enhance and stimulate your self-practice.
If you have any questions about a pose, you can write to us firstname.lastname@example.org
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