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 has been practicing yoga since 1988 and has been teaching yoga since 1994. She has trained under master yoga teachers Swami Padmananda, Patricia Walden, Manouso Manos, Father Joe Pereira, Zoë Stewart, Karin Stephan, Liz Owen and others. She continues to study with her Iyengar teachers, Patricia Walden and Peentz Dubble. Roberta has studied yoga at the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Memorial Institute in Pune, India during June 2011, February 2014 and attended Abhijata's intensive in Pune, India December 2016. Roberta is currently enrolled in Peentz Dubble's two year Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training Program. Additionally, Roberta completed training and certification with Elise Browning Miller as 'Yoga for Scoliosis' instructor. She completed a 500 hour Hatha Yoga Certification program with AURA Wellness Center and is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500. She has been a Certified Meditation Teacher since June 2007 and has been an Usui Reiki Practitioner since 1989. Roberta's Personal Practice Philosophy: Health issues have changed and deepened my practice. You will see many photos of me using a variety of props. On days I don't feel well, instead of saying, "I can't practice today", Iyengar Yoga has taught me to say, "How can I practice today".
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