STUCK IN YOUR FLOWS?Creating your own yoga sequence isn’t very difficult, we can all move from one pose to another without an issue, the problem arises when you want to have those perfect flows between poses–it’s hard to get those vinyasas right. And if you’re just getting started toward a yoga teaching certification, you might not know every single thing about correct posing for safety. One other issue many yogis run into is simply feeling a lack of ease in doing yoga. Yoga is half exercise and half meditation practice. If you’re not in the right mindset to intentionally flow through a sequence and take a pause from the world, you might have a harder time creating a flow you can teach or reuse later.
THE VINYASA FORMULAThe best way to get started is to try visualizing the order in which you’d like poses to go. If you have yoga pose cards then here is where you’ll want to whip them out to order them, if you don’t then no worries. Pose cards aren’t required to build flows. You can still visualize your pose order by drawing stick figures in the order you think you should go from one pose to the other. You’ll want to order your cards or stick figures by structure or category. Here’s an example:
- Opening; Breathing, getting into the yoga mindset
- Sun salutations
- Warrior sequences; Any combination of warrior or standing poses
- Balances; Poses such as tree, eagle, half moon, side plank, etc.
- Fun/play poses; Inversions and arm balances
- Backbends; Bridge, wheel, bow, etc.
- Hip openers; Variations of pigeon, lizard, figure 4, etc.
- Finishing poses; Happy baby, supine twist, fish pose, etc.
- Deep breathing, and floor stretches
- Warm Up
- Sun salutation A and B
- Flow One
- Easier poses that help warm up to your peak pose
- Flow Two
- Similar to the first flow or increased in intensity to build up to more difficult peak pose
- Wind Down
- Floor stretches, dead man’s pose