Year of Yoga: Week 25



Welcome to week 3 of our 4-week summer progression phase. Instead of beginning with Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations), each practice begins with a few opening poses and is followed by Head Stand and variations. The reason for this is so that you will be fresher when you come to Head Stand and can spend more time developing maturity in the pose. If, for whatever reason, this new format does not work for you, feel free to go back to the earlier way of sequencing. Similarly, more time is devoted to Shoulder Stand and its variations in each practice. Modify as you see fit.

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, June 17


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:

• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Uttanasana (intense Stretch Pose)
• Adho Mukha Vrkshasana (Hand Stand)
• Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm Stand)
• Salamba Shirshasana 1 (Head Stand 1) (3-5 min)
• Salamba Shirshasana 2 (Head Stand 2) (20-30 sec)
• Salamba Shirshasana 3 (Head Stand 3) (20-30 sec)
• Baddha Hasta Shirshasana (Bound Arm Head Stand) (20-30 sec)
• Mukta Hasta Shirshasana (Free Arm Head Stand) (20-30 sec)
• Jathara Parivartanasana (Belly Turning Pose)
• Supta Padangusthasana 1 (Big Toe Pose 1)
• Supta Padangusthasana 2 (Big Toe Pose 2)
• Anantasana (Vishnu’s Couch Pose)
• Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle Pose)
• Utthita Parshvakonasana (Extended Side Angle Pose)
• Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose)
• Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana (Half Bound Lotus Intense Stretch Pose)
• Bharadwajasana 2 (Bharadwaja’s Pose)
• Salamba Sarvangasana 1 (Shoulder Stand 1) (3-5 min)
• Salamba Sarvangasana 2 (Shoulder Stand 2) (20-30 sec each interlock of the fingers)
• Niralamba Sarvangasana 1 (Unsupported Shoulder Stand 1) (20-30 sec)
• Niralamba Sarvangasana 2 (Unsupported Shoulder Stand 2) (20-30 sec)
• Halasana (Plough Pose) (3-5 min)
• Karnapidasana (Pressure on the Ear Pose) (20-30 sec)
• Supta Konasana (Reclined Angle Pose) (20-30 sec)
• Eka Pada Sarvangasana (Single Leg Shoulder Stand) (20-30 sec each side)
• Parshvaikapada Sarvangasana (Single Leg to the Side Shoulder Stand) (20-30 sec each side)
• Malasana (Garland Pose)
• Bakasana (Crow Pose)
• Marichyasana 1 (Marichi’s Pose 1)
• Marichyasana 2 (Marichi’s Pose 2)
• Krounchasana (Heron Pose)
• Triang Mukhaikapada Pashchimottanasana (Three Limbs Facing Intense West Stretch Pose)
• Marichyasana 5 or E (Marichi’s Pose 5 or E)
• Pashchimottanasana (Intense West Stretch Pose) (1-3 min)
• Kurmasana (Tortoise Pose)
• Tittibhasana (Firefly Pose)
• Supta Kurmasana (Sleeping Tortoise Pose)
• Shalabhasana (Locust Pose)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (10 min)

Wednesday, June 18


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:

• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Uttanasana (intense Stretch Pose)
• Adho Mukha Vrkshasana (Hand Stand)
• Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm Stand)
• Salamba Shirshasana 2 (Head Stand 2) (30-60 sec)
• Salamba Shirshasana 1 (Head Stand 1) (3-5 min)
• Urdhva Dandasana (Upward Staff Pose) (20-30 sec)
• Parshva Shirshasana (Side Head Stand) (20-30 sec each side)
• Parivrttaikapada Shirshasana (Revolved Single Leg Head Stand) (20-30 sec each side)
• Eka Pada Shirshasana (Single Leg Head Stand) (20-30 sec each side)
• Supta Virasana (Reclined Hero Pose)
• Paryankasana (Vishnu’s Couch Pose)
• Uttana Padasana (Face Up Pose)
• Setubandhasana (Bridge Lock Pose)
• Sayanasana (Pose of Repose)
• Vrishchikasana (Scorpion Pose) with feet on chair
• Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana (Two Leg Inverted Staff Pose) with feet on chair
• Urdhva Dhanurasana (Upward Bow Pose) with feet on chair
• Urdhva Dhanurasana (Upward Bow Pose) (3-4 attempts)
• Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana (Two Leg Inverted Staff Pose) (2-3 attempts)
• Vrschikasana 1 (Scorpion Pose 1)
• Vrschikasana 2 (Scorpion Pose 2)
• Kapotasana (Pigeon Pose) over chair
• Padangustha Dhanurasana (Big Toe Bow Pose)
• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Supta Padangusthasana 1 (Reclined Big Toe Pose 1)
• Supta Padangusthasana 2 (Reclined Big Toe Pose 2)
• Jathara Parivartanasana (Belly Turning Pose)
• Ardha Halasana (Half Plough Pose) over chair (3-5 min)
• Pashchimottanasana (Intense West Stretch Pose) (3-5 min)
• Parshva Bharadwaja sana (Side Bharadwaja’s Pose) (1-3 min each side)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (10 min)

Thursday. June 19


Quiet Practice:

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

Active Practice:

• Uttanasana (Intense Stretch Pose)
• Adho MukhaShvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Adho Mukha Vrkshasana (Hand Stand)
• Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm Stand)
• Salamba Shirshasana 1 (Head Stand 1) (3-5 min)
• Urdhva Dandasana (Upward Staff Pose) (20-30 sec)
• Parshva Shirshasana (Side Head Stand) (20-30 sec each side)
• Parivrttaikapada Shirshasana (Single Leg to the Side Head Stand) (20-30 sec each side)
• Eka Pada Shirshasana (Single Leg Head Stand) (20-30 sec each side)
• Parshvaikapada Shirshasana (Single Leg to the Side Head Stand) (20-30 sec each side)
• Urdhva Padmasana (Upward Lotus Pose) OR Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose) (20-30 sec)
• Parshva Padmasana (Side Lotus Pose) OR Parshva Baddha Konasana (Side Bound Angle Pose) (20-30 sec each side)
• Pindasana (Embryo Pose) in Padmasana (Lotus Pose) OR Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose) (20-30 sec each side)
• Jathara Parivartanasana (Belly Turning Pose)
• Supta Padangusthasana 1 (Reclined Big Toe Pose 1)
• Supta Padangusthasana 2 (Reclined Big Toe Pose 2)
• Supta Padangusthasana 3 (Reclined Big Toe Pose 3)
• Chakrasana (Wheel Pose) (2-3 repetition) [Transition from lying on the back to Halasana (Plough Pose) to Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose), not to be confused with Urdhva Dhanurasana (Upward Bow Pose), which is sometimes called Wheel Pose.]
• Ubhaya Padangusthasana (Both Big Toes Pose)
• Urdhva Mukha Pashchimottanasana 1 (Upward Facing Intense West Stretch Pose 1)
• Urdhva Mukha Pashchimottanasana 2 (Upward Facing Intense West Stretch Pose 2)
• Urdhva Prasarita Padasana (Upward Extended Feet Pose)
• Salamba Sarvangasana 1 (Shoulder Stand 1) (3-5 min)
• Salamba Sarvangasana 2 (Shoulder Stand 2) (20-30 sec each interlock of the fingers)
• Niralamba Sarvangasana 1 (Unsupported Shoulder Stand 1) (20-30 sec)
• Niralamba Sarvangasana 2 (Unsupported Shoulder Stand 2) (20-30 sec)
• Halasana (Plough Pose) (3-5 min)
• Karnapidasana (Pressure on the Ear Pose) (20-30 sec)
• Supta Konasana (Reclined Angle Pose) (20-30 sec)
• Parshva Halasana (Side Plough Pose) (20-30 sec each side)
• Eka Pada Sarvangasana (Single Leg Shoulder Stand) (20-30 sec each side)
• Parshvaikapada Sarvangasana (Single Leg to the Side Shoulder Stand) (20-30 sec each side)
• Urdhva Padmasana (Upward Lotus Pose) (20-30 sec each side)
• Pindasana (Embryo Pose) (20-30 sec each side)
• Parshva Pindasana (Side Embryo Pose) (20-30 sec each side)
• Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose in Shoulder Stand) (2-3 attempts)
• Eka Pada Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Single Leg Bridge Pose in Shoulder Stand) (1-2 attempts each side)
• Bahradwajasana 2 (Bharadwaja’s Pose 2)
• Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana (Half Bound Lotus Intense West Stretch Pose)
• Baddha Padmasana (Bound Lotus Pose)
• Yoga Mudrasana (Yoga Seal Pose)
• Tolasana (Scale Pose)
• Kukkutasana (Cockerel Pose) or Urdhva Kukkutasana (Upward Cockerel Pose)
• Pindasana (Embryo Pose)
• Simhasana 2 (Lion Pose 2)
• Gorakshasana (Cowherd’s Pose)
• Matsyasana (Fish Pose)
• Uttana Padma Mayurasana (Intense Stretch Lotus Peacock Pose) with sacrum on block
[The above Padmasana (Lotus Pose) cycle can be done all at one go on one leg and then the other, holding each pose for 20-30 sec.]
• Upavistha Konasana (Seated Angle Pose)
• Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose)
• Akarna Dhanurasana (Bow to the Ear Pose)
• Pashchimottanasana (Intense West Stretch Pose) (1-3 min)
• Shavasana (10 min)

Friday, June 20


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)
• Ardha Halasana (Half Plough Pose) 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 1) in Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (5 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (5 min)

Saturday, June 21


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:

• Uttanasana (Intense Stretch Pose)
• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Adho Mukha Vrkshasana (Hand Stand)
• Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm Stand)
• Salamba Shirshasana 2 (Head Stand 2) (30-60 sec)
• Salamba Shirshasana 1 (Head Stand 1) (3-5 min)
• Parshva Shirshasana (Side Head Stand) (20-30 sec each side)
• Parivrttaikapada Shirshasana (Single Leg to the Side Head Stand) (20-30 sec each side)
• Eka Pada Shirshasana (Single Leg Head Stand) (20-30 sec each side)
• Parshvaikapada Shirshasana (Single Leg to the Side Head Stand) (20-30 sec each side)
• Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose in Head Stand)
• Upavishtha Konasana (Seated Angle Pose in Head Stand)
• Urdhva Dandasana (Upward Staff Pose)
• Jathara Parivartanasana (Belly Turning Pose)
• Supta Padangusthasana 1 (Reclined Big Toe Pose 1)
• Supta Padangusthasana 2 (Reclined Big Toe Pose 2)
• Supta Padangusthasana 3 (Reclined Big Toe Pose 3)
• Anantasana (Vishnu’s Couch Pose)
• Vashisthasana 1 (Vashistha’s Pose 1)
• Vashisthasana 2 (Vashistha’s Pose 2)
• Kashyapasana (Kashyapa’s Pose)
• Malasana (Garland Pose)
• Bakasana (Crow Pose)
• Titthibasana (Firefly Pose)
• Kurmasana (Turtle Pose)
• Parshva Baksana (Side Crow Pose)
• Eka Pada Koundinyasana 1 (Single Leg Koundinya’s Pose 1)
• Eka Pada Koundinyasana 2 (Single Leg Koundinya’s Pose 2)
• Ashtavakrasana (Ashtavakra’s Pose)
• Vishvamitrasana (Vishvamitra’s Pose)
• Chatushpadasana (Four Feet Pose)
• Salamba Sarvangasana 1 (Shoulder Stand 1) (3-5 min)
• Salamba Sarvangasana 2 (Shoulder Stand 2) (20-30 sec each interlock of the fingers)
• Halasana (Plough Pose) (3-5 min)
• Eka Pada Sarvangasana (Single Leg Shoulder Stand) (20-30 sec each side)
• Parshvaikapada Sarvangasana (Single Leg to the Side Shoulder Stand) (20-30 sec each side)
• Urdhva Padmasana (Upward Lotus Pose in Shoulder Stand) (20-30 sec each side)
• Parshva Padmasana (Side Lotus Pose in Shoulder Stand)
• Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose in Shoulder Stand) (2-3 attempts)
• Eka Pada Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Single Leg Bridge Pose in Shoulder Stand) (1-2 attempts each side)
• Janu Shirshasana (Head of the Knee Pose) (60-90 sec each side)
• Pashchimottanasana (Intense West Stretch Pose) (1-3 min)
• Shavasana (10 min)

Sunday, June 22


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:

• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose (1-2 min)
• Adho Mukha Vrkshasana (Hand Stand) • Pincha Mayurasana (Peacock Feather Pose)
• Salamba Shirshasana 2 (Head Stand 2) (30-60sec)
• Salamba Shirshasana 1 (Head Stand) (3-5 min)
• Urdhva Dandasana (Upward Staff Pose) (20-30 sec)
• Eka Pada Shirshasana (Single Leg Head Stand) (20-30 sec each side)
• Parivrttaikapada Shirshasana (Revolved Single Leg Head Stand) (20-30 sec each side)
• Supta Virasana (Reclined Hero Pose) (3-5 min)
• Paryankasana (Couch Pose)
• Uttana Padasana (Face Up Pose)
• Sayanasana (Pose of Repose)
• Vrschikasana 1 (Scorpion Pose 1) with feet on chair (2-3 times)
• Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana (Two Leg Inverted Staff Pose) with feet on chair (2-3 times)
• Eka Pada Raja Kapotasana 2 (Single Leg King Pigeon Pose 2)
• Eka Pada Raja Kapotasana 1 (Single Leg King Pigeon Pose 1)
• Padangustha Dhanurasana (Big Toe Bow Pose)
• Urdhva Dhanurasana (Upward Wheel Pose) (3-5 times)
• Hanumanasana (Hanuman’s Pose)
• Eka Pada Viparita Dandasana (Single Leg Inverted Staff Pose)
• Eka Pada Urdhva Dhanurasana (Single Leg Upward Bow Pose)
• Natarajasana (Nataraja’s Pose)
• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Uttanasana (Intense Stretch Pose)
• Marichyasana 3 (Marichi’s Pose 3)
• Ardha Matsyendrasana 1 (Half Lord of the Fishes Pose 1)
• Ardha Halasana (Half Plough Pose) over chair (5 min)
• Parshva Bharadwajasana (Side Bharadwajasana’s Pose) (1-3 min each side)
• Pashchimottanasana (Intense West Stretch Pose) (3-5 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (10 min)

Monday, June 23


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) (5-10 min)
• Halasana (Plough Pose) (5 min)
• Pashchimottanasana (Intense West Stretch Pose) (3 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (10 min)