Yoga Asana

Key Points

  • Yoga poses move the body through its full range of motion.
  • “Mastery” of a yoga pose is an analogy for mastery of the breath and control of the emotional self.
  • Referring to poses by their Sanskrit name will remind students that yoga is more than physical shapes – the practice is a complex system of physiological, psychological and emotional awareness.
  • Mentioning/teaching the bandhas is a helpful way for students to find steadiness in each pose.
  • Sun salutations are a dynamic warmup.
  • Standing poses, arm balances, backbends, seated poses and inversions animate the process of asana. Equally incorporate each category of pose in a class.
Read and Watch
  • Yoga Sutras: Book Two
  • Yoga Asana on Youtube and in Textbook
  • Savasana everyday this week. 15-30minutes
  • Do the Youtube videos on each family of poses: sun salutations, standing poses, inversions, supine poses, seated poses
  • Select a 20-30minute online video (ideally one with lots of poses).

Choose six poses. Three very demanding; three very easy (for you). Take a picture of yourself in each pose. Note alignment issues, note props for comfort, note chakras/philosophical insight and/or related metaphor.

Discuss and Teach
  • Share the link for your selected Practice Video in Google Classroom. Do your video. Then watch the video and take notes on the poses. Use the class observation form (in materials and in your textbook) as a guideline for your notes.
  • Teach: Choose one asana to teach to the class.
  • No Google Classroom questions this week. This is a chance to answer any that you missed in previous weeks. 

By taigapaws

Land and Heart Yoga is an online yoga studio. Book retreats, yoga teacher trainings, meditation and asana classes with Kate. Wild yoga. For wherever you are.