Year of Yoga: Week 32



Here is week 6 of our 2-month summer phase. The focus of the long practice this week is standing poses.

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, August 5


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)
• Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle Pose)
• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Utthita Parshvakonasana (Extended Side Angle Pose)
• Uttanasana (Intense West Stretch Pose) with the feet apart
• Parshvottanasana (Intense Side Stretch Pose)
• Padangusthasana (Big Toe Pose)
• Virabhadrasana 1 (Warrior Pose 1)
• Padahastanasana (Hand Under Foot Pose)
• Virabhadrasana 3 (Warrior Pose 3)
• Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose)
• Salamba Shirshasana 1 (Head Stand 1) (5-8 min)
• Eka Pada Shirshasana (Single Leg Head Stand) (20-30 sec each side)
• Parshvaikpada Shirshasana (Single Leg to the Side Head Stand) (20-30 sec each side)
• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Salamba Sarvangasana 1 (Shoulder Stand 1) (5-8 min)
• Halasana (Plough Pose) (3-5 min)
• Eka Pada Sarvangasana (Single Leg Shoulder Stand) (20-30 sec each side)
• Parshvaikpada Sarvangasana (Single Leg to the Side Shoulder Stand) (20-30 sec each side)
• Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined Bound Angle Pose) (3-5 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (10-15 min)

Wednesday, August 6


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)
• Salamba Shirshasana 1 (Head Stand 1) (5-10 min)
• Bharadwajasana 2 (Bharadwaja’s Pose 2)
• Salamba Sarvangasana 1 (Shoulder Stand 1) (5-10 min)
• Halasana (Plough Pose) (3-5 min)
• Malasana (Garland Pose)
• Marichyasana 1 (Marichi’s Pose 1)
• Marichyasana 5 or E (Marichi’s Pose 5 or E)
• Ardha Baddha Padma Pashchimottanasana (Half Bound Lotus Intense West Stretch Pose)
• Marichyasana 2 (Marichi’s Pose 2)
• Pashchimottanasana (Intense West Stretch Pose) (1-3 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (5-10 min)

Thursday, August 7


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)
• Paripurna Navasana (Full Boat Pose)
• Ardha Navasana (Half Boat Pose)
• Urdhva Prasarita Padasana (Upward Extended Feet Pose)
• Salamba Shirshasana 1 (Head Stand 1) (5-10 min)
• Jathara Parivartanasana (Belly Turning Pose)
• Ardha Matsyedrasana 1 (Half Lord of the Fishes 1)
• Pashasana (Noose Pose)
• Parshva Bakasana (Side Crow Pose)
• Salamba Sarvangasana 1 (Shoulder Stand 1) (5-10 min)
• Halasana (Plough Pose) (3-5 min)
• Pashchimottanasana (Intense West Stretch Pose) (1-3 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (5-10 min)

Friday, August 8


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

OR

• Any non-yoga related activity

Saturday, August 9


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:

• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Adho Mukha Vrkshasana (Hand Stand)
• Pincha Mayurasana (Peacock Feather Pose)
• Salamba Shirshasana 1 (Head Stand 1) (5-10 min)
• Supta Virasana (Reclined Hero Pose
• Paryankasana (Couch Pose)
• Viparita Dandasana (Inverted Staff Pose) over a chair
• Kapotasana (Pigeon Pose) over a chair
• Urdhva Dhanurasana (Upward Bow Pose) (2-3 attempts)
• Ardha Halasana (Half Plough Pose) over a chair (3-5 min)
• Pashchimottanasana (Intense West Stretch Pose) (1-3 min)
• Parshva Bharadwajasana (Side Bharadwaja’s Pose) over a bolster (90 sec each side)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (5-10 min)

Sunday, August 10


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

OR

• Any non-yoga related activity

Monday, August 11


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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