Year of Yoga: Week 30



Here is week 4 of our 2-month summer phase. The focus of the long practice this week is back bends.

The format for the summer phase is different from the previous recovery phase back in April, as it is intended to carry us through all of July and August. Each week there will be one longer active practice and three additional shorter practices. On these days there will also be a longer quiet practice featuring pranayama and restorative work. Additionally, there will be one longer pranayama/restorative practice and two days of complete rest where I would encourage you to partake of some other non-yoga physical activity. Adapt the practices to your needs. If you want more active work, you might revisit your favorite practices (or the more challlenging ones) from earlier in the year. If you find you need less active work, focus only on the quiet practices.

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. When doing pranayama NEVER PUSH THE BREATH. If the breath becomes forced at any point, release and return to normal breathing. Pranayama is a subtle and powerful practice that should be approached with respect. Do not attempt pranayamas or poses that you have not been taught in class by a competent instructor.

Tuesday, July 22


Quiet Practice:

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

Active Practice:

• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Virabhadrasana 2 (Warrior Pose 2)
• Uttanasana (Intense Stretch Pose) with the feet apart
• Virabhadrasana 1 (Warrior Pose 1)
• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Virabhadrasana 3 (Warrior Pose 3)
• Bharadwajasana 2 (Bharadwaja’s Pose 2)
• Adho Mukha Vrkshasana (Hand Stand)
• Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm Stand)
• Salamba Shirshasana 1 (Head Stand 1) (5-10 min)
• Supta Virasana (Reclined Hero Pose) (3-5 min)
• Shalabhasana (Locust Pose)
• Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
• Urdhva Mukha Shvanasana (Upward Facing Dog Pose)
• Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)
• Parshva Dhanurasana (Side Bow Pose)
• Ushtrasana (Camel Pose)
• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Uttanasana (Intense Stretch Pose) with the feet apart
• Ardha Halasana (Half Plough Pose) over a chair (5 min)
• Parshva Bharadwajasana (Side Bharadwaja’s Pose) over a bolster (1-3 min each side)
• Pashchimottanasana (Intense West Stretch Pose) (3 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (10-15 min)

Wednesday, July 23


Quiet Practice:

• Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined Bound Angle Pose) (5 min)
• Child’s Pose over a bolster (5 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) with simple breath awareness (5 min)
• Ujjayi 4 (Victorious Breath 4) (5 min)
• Viloma 1 (Interrupted Breath 1) (5 min)
• Viloma 2 (Interrupted Breath 2) (5 min)
• Ujjayi 8 (Victorious Breath 8) (5 min)
• Viloma 4 (Interrupted Breath 4) (5 min)
• Nadhi Shodhana 1b (Alternate Nostril Breathing 1b) (5 min)
• Meditation Practice (5-15 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (5 min)

Active Practice:

• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle Pose)
• Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose)
• Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana (Revolved Half Moon Pose)
• Parivrtta Trikonasana (Revolved Triangle Pose)
• Uttanasana (Intense Stretch Pose)
• Salamba Shirshasana 1 (Head Stand 1) (5-10 min)
• Supta Virasana (Reclined Hero Pose) (5 min)
• Salamba Sarvangasana 1 (Shoulder Stand 1) (5-10 min)
• Halasana (Plough Pose) (3-5 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (5-10 min)

Thursday, July 24


Quiet Practice:

• Viparita Karani (Upside Down Pose) (5 min)
• Child’s Pose over a bolster (5 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) with simple breath awareness (5 min)
• Ujjayi 4 (Victorious Breath 4) (5 min)
• Viloma 1 (Interrupted Breath 1) (5 min)
• Viloma 2 (Interrupted Breath 2) (5 min)
• Ujjayi 8 (Victorious Breath 8) (5 min)
• Viloma 5 (Interrupted Breath 5) (5 min)
• Nadhi Shodhana 1b (Alternate Nostril Breathing 1b) (5 min)
• Meditation Practice (5-15 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (5 min)

Active Practice:

• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Uttanasana (Intense Stretch Pose) with the feet apart
• Salamba Shirshasana 1 (Head Stand 1) (5-10 min)
• Bharadwajasana 1 (Bharadwaja’s Pose 1)
• Salamba Sarvangasana 1 (Shoulder Stand 1) (5-10 min)
• Halasana (Plough Pose) (3-5 min)
• Janu Shirshasana (Head of the Knee Pose)
• Triang Mukhaikapada Pashchimottanasana (Three Limbs Facing Intense West Stretch Pose)
• Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana (Half Bound Lotus Intense West Stretch Pose)
• Pashchimottanasana (Intense West Stretch Pose) (1-3 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (5-10 min)

Friday, July 25


• Meditation Practice (5-15 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (5-15 min)

OR

• Any non-yoga related activity

Saturday, July 26


Quiet Practice:

• Setu Bandha (Bridge Pose) over a bolster (5 min)
• Child’s Pose over a bolster (5 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) with simple breath awareness (5 min)
• Ujjayi 4 (Victorious Breath 4) (5 min)
• Viloma 2 (Interrupted Breath 2) (5 min)
• Viloma 3(Interrupted Breath 3) (5 min)
• Ujjayi 8 (Victorious Breath 8) (5 min)
• Viloma 6 (Interrupted Breath 6) (5 min)
• Nadhi Shodhana 1b (Alternate Nostril Breathing 1b) (5 min)
• Meditation Practice (5-15 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (5 min)

Active Practice:

• Supta Padangusthasana 1 (Reclined Big Toe Pose 1)
• Supta Padangusthasana 2 (Reclined Big Toe Pose 2)
• Paripurna Navasana (Full Boat Pose)
• Ardhva Navasana (Half Boat Pose)
• Jathara Parivartanasana (Belly Turning Pose)
• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Salamba Shirshasana 1 (Head Stand 1) (5-10 min)
• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Salamba Sarvangasana 1 (Shoulder Stand 1) (5-10 min)
• Halasana (Plough Pose) (3-5 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (5-10 min)

Sunday, July 27


• Meditation Practice (5-15 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (5-15 min)

OR

• Any non-yoga related activity

Monday, July 28


Quite Practice:

• Parshva Bharadwajasana (Side Bharadwaja’s Pose) over a bolster (3-5 min each side)
• Meditation Practice (15-30 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)
• Viloma 2 (Interrupted Breath 2) (5 min)
• Ujjayi 8 (Victorious Breath 8) (5 min)
• Viloma 4 (Interrupted Breath 4) (5 min)
• Viloma 5 (Interrupted Breath 4) (5 min)
• Nadi Shodana 1b (Alternate Nostril Breathing 1b) (5 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (5 min)
• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose) (2-3 min)
• Salamba Shirshasana 1 (Head Stand 1) (8-10 min)
• Supta Virasana (Reclined Hero Pose) (5 min)
• Salamba Sarvangasana 1 (Shoulder Stand 1) (8-10 min)
• Halasana (Plough Pose) (3-5 min)
• Pashchimottanasana (Intense West Stretch Pose) (3 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (5 min)

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