Year of Yoga: Week 19



Here we are at the beginning of our second cycle of the year. This is a much shorter cycle, taking us through to the end of June, with July and August being a long recovery cycle with a much lighter load to take advantage of the better weather in the summer months.

If you find any given pose beyond you, start to think about ways to break the pose down into manageable variations. Perhaps practice the arms and legs separately. Use a simpler modification or use a prop to give you a taste of the pose. However you decide to approach a pose, NEVER PUSH YOURSELF BEYOND YOUR LIMITS. ALWAYS BE SAFE.

Adjust your practices according to your needs and the time available. The Friday and Monday practices are still restorative. If for any reason you feel unable to do the active practice on a given day, substitute one of these two, or rest completely. Because of the intensity and increased length of practices, you may find it harder to fit in the quiet practice at other times of the day. It may make more sense for you to do a longer Shavasana (Corpse Pose) and take your seated meditation at the end of the asana practice. Please consult your doctor before beginning any new exercise routine and do not attempt poses that you have not been taught in class by a competent instructor.

Tuesday, May 6


Quiet Practice:

• Viparita Karani (Upside Down Pose) with breath awareness (5 min)
• Child’s Pose over bolster with breath awareness (5 min)
• Meditation Practice (15-30 min)

Active Practice:

• Vrkshasana (Tree Pose) with bent knee at wall
• Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana 2 (Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose 2) with foot resting on ledge or chair
• Virabhadrasana 2 (Warrior Pose 2)
• Utthita Parshvakonasana (Extended Side Angle Pose)
• Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose)
• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Salamba Shirshasana 1 (Head Stand 1) (5-10 min)
• Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined Bound Angle Pose)
• Setu Bandha (Bridge Pose) (5 min)
• Salamba Sarvangasana 1 (Shoulder Stand 1) (5 min)
• Halasana (Plough Pose) (5 min)
• Pashchimottanasana (Intense West Stretch Pose) (3 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (10 min)

Wednesday, May 7


Quiet Practice:

• Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined Bound Angle Pose) with breath awareness (5 min)
• Child’s Pose over bolster with breath awareness (5 min)
• Meditation Practice (15 min)

Active Practice:

• Vrkshasana (Tree Pose) with bent knee at wall
• Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana 2 (Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose 2) with foot resting on ledge or chair
• Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle Pose)
• Utthita Parshvakonasana (Extended Side Angle Pose)
• Virabhadrasana 1 (Warrior Pose 1)
• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Salamba Shirshasana 1 (Head Stand 1) (5-10 min)
• Supta Virasana (Reclined Hero Pose)
• Setu Bandha (Bridge Pose) (5 min)
• Salamba Sarvangasana 1 (Shoulder Stand 1) (5 min)
• Halasana (Plough Pose) (5 min)
• Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined Bound Angle Pose) (5 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (10 min)

Thursday, May 8


Quiet Practice:

• Parshva Bharadwajasana (Side Bharadwaja's Pose) over bolster with breath awareness (5 min each side)
• Meditation Practice (15 min)

Active Practice:

• Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana 2 (Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose 2) with foot resting on ledge or chair
• Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana 1 (Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose 1) with foot resting on ledge or chair
• Virabhadrasana 2 (Warrior Pose 2)
• Uttanasana (Intense Stretch Pose) with feet apart
• Parshvottanasana (Intense Side Stretch Pose)
• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Salamba Shirshasana 1 (Head Stand 1) (5-10 min)
• Viparita Dandasana (Inverted Staff Pose) over chair
• Setu Bandha (Bridge Pose) (5 min)
• Salamba Sarvangasana 1 (Shoulder Stand 1) (5 min)
• Halasana (Plough Pose) (5 min)
• Pashchimottanasana (Intense West Stretch Pose) (3 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (10 min)

Friday, May 9


Quiet Practice:

• Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined Bound Angle Pose) with breath awareness (5 min)
• Child’s Pose over bolster with breath awareness (5 min)
• Meditation Practice (15-30 min)

Restorative Practice:

• Uttanasana (Intense Stretch Pose) with feet apart and head supported (2-3 min)
• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose) with head supported (2-3 min)
• Prasarita Padottanasana 1 (Widespread Feet Pose) with head supported (2-3 min)
• Salamba Shirshasana 1 (Head Stand 1) (5-10 min)
• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose) (2-3 min)
• Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand) over chair (5 min)
• Setu Bandha (Bridge Pose) over bolster (5 min)
• Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined Bound Angle Pose) (5 min)
• Ujjayi 4 (Victorious Breath 4) in Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (5 min)
• Viloma 1 (Interrupted Inhalation) in Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (5 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (5 min)

Saturday, May 10


Quiet Practice:

• Viparita Karani (Upside Down Pose) with breath awareness (5 min)
• Child’s Pose over bolster with breath awareness (5 min)
• Meditation Practice (15-30 min)

Active Practice:

• Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana 2 (Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose 2) with foot resting on ledge or chair
• Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana 1 (Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose 1) with foot resting on ledge or chair
• Virabhadrasana 2 (Warrior Pose 2)
• Virabhadrasana 1 (Warrior pose 1)
• Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose)
• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Salamba Shirshasana 1 (Head Stand 1) (5-10 min)
• Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined Bound Angle Pose) (5 min)
• Setu Bandha (Bridge Pose) (5 min)
• Salamba Sarvangasana 1 (Shoulder Stand 1) (5 min)
• Halasana (Plough Pose) (5 min)
• Pashchimottanasana (Intense West Stretch Pose) (3 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (10 min)

Sunday, May 11


Quiet Practice:

• Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined Bound Angle Pose) with breath awareness (5 min)
• Child’s Pose over bolster with breath awareness (5 min)
• Meditation Practice (15-30 min)

Active Practice:

• Half Dog at wall - making a right angle with the hands at hip height on the wall and the hips directly over the heel
• Half Virabhadrasana 3 at wall - from Half Dog pick one leg up
• Parshvottanasana (Intense Side Stretch Pose)
• Virabhadrasana 1 (Warrior Pose 1)
• Virabhadrasana 3 (Warrior Pose 3)
• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Salamba Shirshasana 1 (Head Stand 1) (5-10 min)
• Supta Virasana (Reclined Hero Pose)
• Setu Bandha (Bridge Pose) (5 min)
• Salamba Sarvangasana 1 (Shoulder Stand 1) (5 min)
• Halasana (Plough Pose) (5 min)
• Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined Bound Angle Pose) (5 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (10 min)

Monday, May 12


Quiet Practice:

• Parshva Bharadwajasana (Side Bharadwaja's Pose) over bolster with breath awareness (5 min each side)
• Meditation Practice (15 min)

Restorative Practice:

• Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined Bound Angle Pose) with breath awareness (5 min)
• Child’s Pose over bolster with breath awareness (3-5 min)
• Ujjayi 4 (Victorious Breath 4) (5 min)
• Viloma 1 (Interrupted Breath 1) (5 min)
• Ujjayi 8 (Victorious Breath 8) (5 min)
• Viloma 4 (Interrupted Breath 4) (5 min)
• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose) (2-3 min)
• Salamba Shirshasana 1 (Head Stand 1) (5-10 min)
• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose) (2-3 min)
• Salamba Sarvangasana 1 (Shoulder Stand 1) (5 min)
• Halasana (Plough Pose) (5 min)
• Pashchimottanasana (Intense West Stretch Pose) (3 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (10 min)