a yoga sequence …for times of crisis

In an email from Patricia Walden:
“Patricia suggests that at times like this, yoga practice can be our refuge, helping us to connect with our inner light and to find equanimity. Yoga helps us to remain seated in ourselves. When we practice, we are practicing for our own wellbeing, but we can also offer our practice to others, to make of our soul a lighthouse. 
Several years ago, a yoga sequence …for times of crisis was given to us by Guruji. We share the sequence with you now in the hope that it may be of help to all of us. (Please refer to BKS Iyengar, Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health, (revised edition, 2008), DK Publishing, for supported versions of the asanas).
Notes: 1. The emotional strength in these students need to be built up and that is what we need to work [on]. 2. No standing poses. No backbends. 3. All poses should be done with eyes open (including savasana). [Students] can focus their eyes at any point in front or on the ceiling. 4. Ask the students to imagine [that] their eyes are located at the temples and ask them to “open” these eyes. 5. Do not insist on a perfect pose in the current situation. 6. While breathing in any asana (especialy supine) — ask [students] to breathe in such a manner that the breath touches the lateral side of the chest during inhalation. 
Here is the sequence:
1. Savasana (corpse pose; can be done supported on a bolster or blankets)
2. Supta baddha konasana (reclining bound angle pose; can be done supported on a bolster or blankets)
3. Supta virasana (reclining hero pose; can be done supported on a bolster or blankets)
4. Prasarita padottanasana (with head support; wide-leg standing forward bend pose)
5. Uttanasana (with head support and legs spread apart; standing forward bend pose)
6. Adho mukha svanasana (with head support; downward facing dog pose)
7. Viparita dandasana supported by a chair (with head support; inverted staff pose)
8. Sirsasana – viparita karani (headstand; if you’re unfamiliar with the viparita karani version of this pose, do regular sirsasana)
9. Setu bandha sarvangasana (supported bridge pose)
10. Sarvangasana- viparita karani (shoulderstand; can be done supported on a chair; if you’re unfamiliar with the viparita karani version of this pose, do regular sarvangasana)
11. Pranayama: Antara kumbhaka with a very short kumbhaka on the inhalation”
Om shanti….

About EssentialYoga Studio

Roberta Dell'Anno E-RYT 500, Certified Yoga for Scoliosis Trainer Owner EssentialYoga Studio. Roberta has been practicing yoga since 1988 and teaching yoga since 2004. She has studied extensively under master yoga teachers Patricia Walden, Zoë Stewart, Sri Arun H.S., Elise Browning Miller, and others. She completed a two year Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training program with Sr. Iyengar Teacher, Peentz Dubble in June 2017. Roberta has studied yoga at the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Memorial Institute in Pune, India during June 2011, February 2014, attended Abhijata's 2-week intensive in Pune, India, December 2016 and BKS Iyengar's Centenary 10-day intensive taught by Prashantji & Geetaji, December 2018. She completed training and certification with Elise Browning Miller as a 'Yoga for Scoliosis' instructor in 2014, completed a 500 hour Hatha Yoga Certification program with AURA Wellness Center in 2005 and is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500. She has been a Certified Meditation Teacher since June 2007 and an Usui Reiki Practitioner since 1989. The studio provides individual & specialized privates, semi-privates, group private sessions, and yoga workshops. Roberta conducts local and out of town workshops. She specializes in yoga for scoliosis and back care. She uses props to help students and teachers of all levels transform their backbends, twists, standing and seated postures, as well as inversions like sarvangasana (shoulderstand). She also works with individuals who have physical challenges, specifically individuals with Multiple Sclerosis, CMT, Parkinson's Disease, scoliosis, and amputees in private, semi-private and group sessions.​​​
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