To help you teach functionally we will break down each individual posture and study its key features.
We have grouped together asana into categories of postures that similarly shape the body. Note that many asanas can reasonably be placed in more than one category. We will explore how the asanas relate to one another, how they work together to open the body, and how they build upon one another to further open and balance us. As we work through each posture, remember the intricate and infinite layers of integration involved.
Bound Angle (inc Reclined Bound Angle)
Cat (inc Cow)
Boat (inc Roll Ups)
Camel (inc Dancing Camel, King Pigeon))
Down Dog (inc Puppy, Dolphin, Split Dog)
4 Limbed Staff (inc Crocodile)
Updog (inc Cobra, Sphinx, Seal)
Pyramid (inc Flamingo)
Chair (inc Revolved Chair)
Warrior 2 (inc Reverse Warrior)
Side Angle (inc Humble Warrior)
Half Moon (inc Candy cane)
Crane (inc Crow)
Firefly (inc Shoulder Pressing Pose)
Supported Headstand (inc Tripod)
Scorpion (inc Feathered Peacock)
Up Bow (inc Shoulder Bridge)
Pigeon (inc Mermaid, 1 Legged King Pigeon)
Plow (inc Shoulder Stand)
GENERAL ASANA ALIGNMENT PRINCIPLES :
1 Stable, grounded and aligned foundation.
2 Active deep front line meridian. The more superficial muscles can support the core line, rather than take over for it.
3 Aligned Pelvis, Spine and Head.
4 Expressive limbs that may be bent to serve the optimal spinal alignment over the final stretch.