Foundational Yoga Sequences Designed for Yoga Teachers
Restorative style of yoga has its roots from the style practiced by B K S Iyengar, who believed in the need to support the body while at a particular pose with various kinds of props to avoid strain or pain. Restorative yoga helps one to recover from injuries and illnesses. It is predominantly used to help one recover from stress.
The below restorative yoga sequences are sample guides for yoga teachers to plan their own yoga sequences.
Gentle means not to force, and having said that, gentle yoga refers to the practice of yoga poses in a sequence which forms a gradual flow into the deeper aspect of the stretch to either gain flexibility, to recover from injury, for stress management and weight management, to reduce chronic conditions, and to go deeper with the connection of the breath and the body.
The opening of the joints plays a great role in gentle yoga and slowly one gains confidence and strength. The practice of gentle yoga is slow and each pose should be done for a longer duration to get maximum benefit.
The below yoga sequences are sample guides for yoga teachers to create their own gentle yoga sequences.
Prenatal yoga is for women who are pregnant. During the time of pregnancy the body goes through a number of physical and emotional changes primarily due to hormonal changes. Some women experience discomfort, uneasiness, restlessness, lack of sleep, problems related to digestion, and loss of self confidence. With prenatal yoga sequence, the goal is to keep the body and mind in a positive state with a sense of confidence and acceptance. The prenatal yoga sequences given below are sample guides for yoga teachers.
Peak refers to the identification of a single pose or posture at either the Intermediate Level or at the Advance Level. A peak pose sequence helps in performing the target pose in a safe, structured and systematic flow. This is important to avoid any injury to the body, to perform the pose to the best of an individual's ability, and to get the most benefit from the pose.
The peak pose sequences given here towards any particular peak pose are sequence guides for yoga teachers to plan their own yoga sequences based on the kind of peak pose they want to target - whether it is a back bend, forward bend, balancing pose, etc. or a combination of these.
Yoga therapy is the use of certain specified yoga poses in a sequence along with pranayama techniques to help maintain and heal the body. Many kinds of ailments can be taken care of by reducing the symptoms related to those ailments. This can be done with a simple flow of yoga poses in a sequence to bring the body to maximum good health.
Given below are sequence guides for yoga teachers on various kinds of ways to help reduce certain ailments and not to be used for treating or diagnosing any medical conditions without consultation with a professional yoga therapist.
For athletes, it is very important to warm up the body before the target activity and relax the body after the target activity has been completed. The wear and tear of muscles and the deeper tissues are high for athletes and hence it becomes important to do yoga by following a set of yoga sequences to appropriately warm-up and cool-down and contract the muscles to keep the body fit.
The below sample yoga sequences with detailed cues act as guides for yoga teachers to prepare their own yoga sequences.
Hot yoga was founded by Bikram Choudhury. Hot yoga is practiced in a humid environment, where the temperature is anywhere between 95-105 degrees Fahrenheit. There are about 26 yoga poses in this structured sequence including two breathing techniques.
Power yoga converts the practice of the poses in traditional yoga to a more active and athletic way, which means moving quickly through the poses, holding each pose for a shorter duration while coordinating the breath.
Power yoga sequences vary and are taught based on each teacher's experiences and demands of the students. Hence there is no structure or standardized pattern in power yoga. The concept of power yoga is for building muscle strength and endurance and hence is at par with gym workout. It generally has a Vinyasa flow to it and the practitioner needs to have the basic physical strength and flexibility.