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Asana Practice & Setting an Intention

Just as an asana (posture) is adapted to fit the needs of a student, the overall purpose of the practice also needs to be considered when making adaptations. Actually, the overall purpose would be considered first then the asanas would be selected. We call this setting an intention for the practice.

Setting an intention gives the practice direction and focus. It serves as a guide for combining and sequencing the various asanas with maximum benefit for the student.

Following are examples of intentions used in creating a practice …

  •  to energize in the morning or relax in the evening
  •  to prepare the body and breath for seated breathing (pranayama)
  •  to teach a fundamental principle such as matching the length/flow of the breath with the pace of movement
  •  to prepare for a specific event such as an athletic competition
  •  to heal a chronic condition that causes pain and/or suffering

Each practice could use many of the same asanas. What makes the result different is their sequence in the practice, the number of repetitions and the length of stays, and the way the breath is used.

The combinations and possibilities are endless and always need to be selected with the needs/interests of the student(s) top of mind.

 

 

Joanne Thompson

Joanne Thompson

Founder/Owner at Yoga for Self

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