Saturday, 30 July 2011

Back to the sequences

This week I've been reviewing Ramaswami's book. This morning was the turn of the Supine sequence, Now for some reason this has always been my least favourite, wasn't looking forward to doing it but I'd done the rest so eventually after much stalling I got on the mat. Loved it. Aint that always, or at least so often, the way.

Supine is a complete practice in itself, you have those leg movements at the beginning, a kind of reclining version of the usual standing sequence, then there's the inversions at the end. Add a couple of sury's, a little tadasana and a headstand and your good to go.

I've spent a lot of time this last year trying to turn Vinyasa Krama into an Ashtanga style practice, you can do it, it works and there are arguments for approaching it that way but the sequences are wonderful just as they are. Each has it's share of forward bends, twists and backbends, your covering all the bases.

So I think I'm going to stick with the sequences pretty much just as they are for a bit. Still Start off my practice with tadasana a couple of sury's and some subroutines from the On one leg and Triangle sequences and finish with Inversions but the middle section, the meat in the sandwich will be either, Seated, Asymmetric, Lotus, Supine or Bow/Meditative sequences, just as they are on the page. For a while at least


  1. Inspiring! Sounds as a perfect masterplan...

  2. Thanks for yesterday's advice ref: eka pada sirsasana. Will definately give it a go when the second series pops up again next week. Just that and a lot more work for kapotasana before i make an attempt at asanas from the third. Could take weeks, months, years or maybe never - the joys of the ashtanga journey. Backbends and hips have always been difficult but I guess many people have the same issues.