A teacher who has mastered the art of class sequencing can transform an otherwise mundane vinyasa class into something truly inspirational. Really effective sequencing requires much more than simply learning how to string postures together. It needs:
- clarity of purpose
- a good understanding of the mechanics of the body
- recognition of how different postures and practices will impact the practitioner energetically.
This special one day workshop will help focus and deepen your understanding of how to employ the body’s mechanics together with the profound energetic ideas of yoga to create class sequences which will inspire your students, and which are safe and effective on all levels – physical, energetic, mental and emotional.
Although the whole day will address both physical and energetic aspects of sequencing, our morning session will focus primarily on the physical body. We will explore:
- the balance between symmetry and asymmetry, between contraction and release, between internal and external rotation
- variations on warm-up sequences
- finding neutral and counter poses in dynamic sequences
- efficient sequencing of muscle activation
- creative approaches to balancing the three planes of movement
- using repetition to build strength not strain.
In the afternoon, we will look at the interaction between some of the energetic templates which the yoga traditions have given us to help our sequencing. We will consider:
- the five prana vayus, and how they interact with the five elements of nature
- their relationship with the three gunas – rajas, tamas and sattva – and with the Ayurvedic doshas – pitta, kapha and vata
- how to use sequencing to build the positive qualities of the doshas, and to tap into the ‘subtle doshas’ – tejas, ojas and prana
- the importance of appropriate breath awareness, pranayama and meditation practices in effective sequencing
- how timing and language impact on the effect of a class.
Although primarily aimed at yoga teachers and trainee teachers, the ideas discussed will be relevant to anyone with a self-practice – or wondering how to build their own practice. The day will mix theory, practice, and interactive experimentation, and will conclude with a taught practice bringing together many of the ideas discussed.