Whether you’re a beginner or advanced practitioner, Vinyasa A is a sequence that works on everyone.
This 7-part series focuses all around Surya Namaskar A from the Ashtanga Vinyasa Practice. It wakes up all the joints and muscles, while coordinating breath with movement. There are only 9 postures in the sequence, so it’s not too much to remember.
But, each posture is loaded with nuance that can be practiced for life. So let’s get started!
Episode 1 : Full Sequence, 3x's
3 Full Rounds of the complete sequence to give you an idea of the flow. The following episodes 2-7 will focus on either an individual posture or a transition between postures.
Episode 2 : Samasthitih (Stable Mountain Pose)
Episode 3 : Urdhva Hasta to Uttanasana (Upward hands to standing forward fold)
Today we are going to be looking at Urdhva Hastasana to Uttanasana (Upward Hands to Standing Forward Fold). It's the first and last counted pose of the sequence. Upwards hands pose is a position often overlooked but with proper activation and alignment, you can build immense internal heat just from raising your hands. Uttanasana is the second counted pose initiated by an exhale. It's a staple posture found from the roots of Hatha Yoga all the way present day athletic stretching. But how to really get into it and maximise flexibility? Watch and find out!
Episode 4 : Ardha Uttanasana (Half Forward Fold)
Today we are going to be looking at Ardha Uttanasana. It's the third and seventh pose of the sequence initiated on an inhale.
Episode 5 : Chaturanga (4 Limbed Pose)
The time has come...everyone's favourite (or least favorite) humbling pose - Chaturanga. It's a strength stabilising posture that links the sequence from the beginning to the end. It's very much a posture that requires a lot of core and arm strength. In this video, I'll show you how to comfortably modify so you can build your strength sequentially not be so "humbled" by the posture.
Episode 6 : Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward Facing Dog)
Upward facing dog can look like an iconic breath of fresh posture - indicative of the zest of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. But are you aware of the feet, the thighs, the armpits, shoulders? There's way more than meets the eye. In this video we'll talk a look the 5th pose in the series initiated on an inhale.
Episode 7 : Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog)
Downward facing dog is the 6th posture in the series initiated on an exhale and sustained with a soft constriction as the back of the throat - often referred to as Ujjayi breathing. But downward facing dog is hard. For those of you with stiff hamstrings it can be really annoying. Today I'll give you some simple tricks to really nail downdog and make it one of your staple recovery asanas.