A  visual guide to
Iyengar yoga sequences  

Structure is the secret to an enjoyable yoga practice.  Asanas cannot be linked together any which way.  The proper sequencing of poses is crucial to the effective opening and closing of the body. Each posture has a specific effect on the body when combined with another posture. These effects can be used to heal, raise energetic states or soothe the body and mind. The proper combination of asanas is fundamental to an intelligent understanding

of yoga that goes beyond the mere repetition of postures.


A yoga practice is also significantly affected by the order, in which asanas are performed in any particular session.  Appropriate sequencing is chosen according to the purpose and intention of the session, and takes into account ones current physical and mental condition,

as well as the external conditions, such as the weather.

Yoga is an art and science – the sequencing of asana is the science of yoga.

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Inside the guide

Below you will find a collection of photographs are depicted in the sequence guides. These pictures are not in a sequence but they do illustrate some of the asanas from the various categories that are portrayed in the books.

Salamba Purvottanasana

supported intense stretch of east body pose on chair/bolster

Parsva Adho Mukha

Upavistha Konasana

downward facing seated wide-angle pose,

foot on inverted chair 

Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana

two feet inverted staff  pose,

on chair and bolsters, hands at wall 

Ardha Matsyendrasana II

half-lord of fishes  pose,

belt around Lotus knee, hold foot 

Chair Setubandha Sarvangasana

bridge pose on chair,/bolsters,

feet on vertical blocks at wall

Chair Sarvangasana Baddha Konasana

supported shoulder balance pose,

with bound-angle legs

Urdhva Prasarita Padasana 60deg

upward extended feet pose , legs at 60deg

Supta Virasana

supine hero pose on bolsters



intense stretch of west body pose,

feett on inverted chair 

Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana

two feet inverted staff  pose,

on chair and bolsters, hands at wall 

Chair Marichysana III

Marichy III pose with chair

Chair Viparita Karani

inverted action/lake on chair

Ardha Halasana

supported half-plough pose,

on Halasana bench

Supta Padangusthasana

supine foot and big toe pose,

arms overhead hold belt

Ardha Halasana

half-plough pose

Chair Adho Mukha Svanasana

downward facing dog pose,

feet on inverted chair 

Chair Kapotasana

pigeon pose on chair/bolster,

feet on bolster, arms overhead 

Ardha Matsyendrasana I

half-lord of fishes  pose, 

belt around shinbone

Eka Pada Sarvangasana

one-leg shoulder balance on chair 

Viparita Karani

inverted lake/action on bolsters at wall

Phalkasana (plank)

high plank pose, feet on vertical blocks

at wall   

Rope Sirsasana

supported head balance in rope

Chair Salamba Sirsasana

supported head balance, dorsal again chair seat 

Salamba Sarvangasana I

supported shoulder balance

Adho Mukha Vrksasana

downward facing tree pose  (hand stand) at wall

Rope Urdhva Mukha Paschimottanasana II

upward facing intense stretch of west body pose II in rope, hold heels at blocks

Chair Utthita Parsvakonasana

extended flank angle pose on chair

Urdhva Baddhangulyasana

in Dandasana

upward bound fingers in staff pose, belt around dorsal and feet

Chair Vimanasana

aeroplane pose on chair, back heel on block at wall

Parsva Eka Pada Sirsasana

one leg down to side in supported head balance, foot on chair seat

Chair Virabhadrasana III

warrior III pose, hands on chair backrest, raised foot at wall

Urdhva Hastasana in Swastikasana

upward arms in easy pose

Chair Ardha Chandrasana

half-moon pose hand on chair seat, back foot at wall

This visual guide  is dedicated to

Yogacharya Shri B.K.S. Iyengar

in honour and appreciation of his life and work.


May this guide serve you well for many healthy years

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