Below yoga sequence should be used as a guide by yoga teachers to create their own yoga class plans
Seasonal Yoga: Ritucharya (Seasonal Regime as per Ayurveda) and Yoga Practice - New Year Yoga Sequence.
Ritucharya or Seasonal Regime comprises two words- ritu (fixed or appointed time; season) and charya (regime or routine).
In Ayurveda, the seasons play a great role and are fundamental in treating and healing people. There are six seasons out of which four are considered important, as per Ayurveda. Emphasis is given to just two, which are Summer and Winter; subsequent importance is then given to Spring and Autumn.
A lifestyle based on the seasons plays an important role to keep healthy and fit. Emphasis is given on the right diet (right food at the right time) while also adjusting the lifestyle habits according to the seasons. Yoga practice plays a great role here too, given that the Sun and the Moon significantly impact the human body. Based on the seasons the duration and intensity of Sun or Moon in the sky vary.
In this yoga sequence, we will take the four main seasons into consideration. By understanding the nature of each season, the yoga practice with yoga poses, pranayama and meditation can be adapted.
Note: This new year yoga sequence is only to give an idea of the seasons. Use the above idea to adapt the yoga practice as per your geographical location. The above information is based on the Ayurvedic principles and one must understand that each body will respond differently to the yoga practice based on his/her body structure with the balance of different elements.
Seasonal Yoga: Ritucharya (Seasonal Regime as per Ayurveda) and Yoga Practice - New Year Yoga Sequence: Yoga Poses, Cues, Steps, and Breathing instructions
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A. Ending with the practice of Savasana is very essential to cool the body temperatures and gain back all the energy that was used to the maximum with the practice.
B. Lying down in Savasana, with knees bent support the lower back. This support helps to keep the internal organs safe, without putting too much pressure around the muscles that were active and stretched with the practice of the yoga poses.
This season prepares the body to throw out all the fat and the heaviness that get accumulated with winter. Focus here is the Liver. Using pressure around the upper and the lower abdomen, we gain power and flexibility.
A. Start with this pose here which works on pressing the tummy, throwing the extra toxins out.
B. We use Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana or Half Bound Lotus Forward Fold.
C. Hold this pose for about 8 breaths, using the tummy muscles efficiently. The locking of the body with the hands is a good way to use the abdominal muscles for a strong Liver.
This season the body would have fought the rains with various infections related to the lungs with allergies and dust, and hence Lungs play an important role in the healing purpose. Removing the excess water in the body is important.
A. Expanding the chest while focusing of the upper chest breathing, here in Supta Virasana variation, stretch the shoulders and the chest.
B. The upper part of the body should be encouraged with more fresh blood.
C. Remain for about 6-8 breaths, and go slow with the breathing.