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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Excerpts from the Yogamala guides
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.
supported intense stretch of east body pose on chair/bolster
Parsva Adho Mukha
downward facing seated wide-angle pose,
foot on inverted chair
supine hero pose on bolsters
intense stretch of west body pose,
feett on inverted chair
Chair Setubandha Sarvangasana
bridge pose on chair,/bolsters,
feet on vertical blocks at wall
Chair Viparita Karani
inverted action/lake on chair
Chair Adho Mukha Svanasana
downward facing dog pose,
feet on inverted chair
Eka Pada Sarvangasana
one-leg shoulder balance on chair
This visual guide is dedicated to
Yogacharya Shri B.K.S. Iyengar
in honour and appreciation of his life and work