Yoga self Practice – sequencing ideas
Yoga self practice – sequencing ideas. In my previous blog post I spoke about how important Yoga self practice is and why. Here are some of my top sequencing tips and ideas for you to start developing your own Yoga self practice.
Yoga self practice – my top sequencing tips and ideas:
Keep it simple
Keep it playful
Let your breath be your guide
Include your favourite Asanas
Keep it balanced
Move like no one is watching
1. Keep it simple
Especially while you are starting out, keep your yoga self practice simple. Save those tricky backbends and inversions for when you are with your regular teacher.
My piano teacher always used to say it is much harder to unlearn something than to learn it correctly first time round.
2. Keep it playful
Keep your Yoga self practice playful. Remember as long as your alignment is correct, there is no other right or wrong. Yoga self practice is about tuning into your body!
So listen, experiment with movement and have fun with it!
3. Let your breath be your guide
I mentioned in my previous blog post that at the beginning of my Yoga self practice journey I really didn’t pay my breath any attention. Tune in to your inhalations and exhalations during your Yoga self practice.
You are not trying to keep pace with anyone else other than your own practice, so take the opportunity to really explore your breath!
4. Include your favourite Asanas
Which are your favourite asanas in your regular group yoga classes? Balance? Standing? Seated? or maybe even Inversions?
Include these in your regular Yoga self practice to get you motivated.
5. Keep it balanced
Make sure your Yoga self practice has a good balance between forward folds and backbends. You should do more backbends in your practice than forward folds.
Backbends include baby cobra, cobra and locust variations which are important progressions and warm-up options.
Take a few minutes to warm up and stretch the body. The best way to do this is by practicing a few rounds of your Suyra Namaskar. Avoid only stretching and include some strength moves, for example side plank, planking or supermans.
Like wise when you come to the end of your self practice include some cool down movements such as a few supine twists, glute and hamstring stretches.
6. Move like no-one is watching
Remember this is YOUR yoga self practice and the sequencing is all about learning to tune into what your body needs. So have fun with it. You have the freedom to move however you want to. You can thread different movement modalities into your Yoga self practice.
Be creative, spontaneous and move like no-one is watching!
Start with these 5 Asanas in your regular Yoga self practice:
After 6-12 rounds of your Suyra Namaskar see if you can link these asanas into a sun salutation sequence or independently.
Contra-indications include high blood pressure, lower back pain, sciatica and/or knee problems, some asanas should be modified during pregnancy. Please chat to your regular Yoga teacher or feel free to email me: firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any concerns.
1. Standing forward fold variations