The sequencing of yoga asana is each a science and an artwork. It is rather more than linking collectively a collection of poses to construct towards a bodily aim; it includes an openness to exploration and inquiry, and a dedication to dwelling within the now. Because of this, we don’t train poses in SmartFLOW; we train Movement Principles that ask us to hunt stability in numerous shapes and sensations. Each Movement Principle describes a continuum of movement that has an excessive expression at one finish (the trouble) and an clever means for backing out of that effort (the return to middle).
Each pose may be seen as an exploration of a selected effort and its return, and the arc of every sequence in its entirety additionally explores that very same idea of effort and return. In this sequence, we discover hip flexion as our effort and spinal extension as its return. My perception is that the primary purpose we do yoga asana is to take care of our spines. The backbone homes the central nervous system and is the place the sushumna nadi runs—the place prana (vital subtle energy) flows. Every pose we follow is designed to throw the physique off, in order that we discover ways to stabilize the backbone and, in flip, improve the move of prana. In this case, growing hip flexion calls for that we discover lively spinal extension to maintain the backbone in its pure, optimum form. In different phrases: Can you discover a bit backbend in your forward fold?
In the primary few poses, hip flexion is explored in relationship to the backbone. And whereas a few of the peak poses is probably not accessible to all, the development towards true hip flexion is important work everybody can do. Any SmartFLOW sequence may even embrace a couple of beloved and well-known actions and poses. Toward the start of a sequence, these poses work to heat your whole physique and aid you drop right into a state of receptivity and marvel. Toward the top of a sequence, we embrace slower actions and maintain poses for longer durations of time to shift us from activation to rest—from effort to a return to middle—in order that we might really feel absolutely prepared for a deep Savasana (Corpse Pose).
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