Yoga Sequencing | Flow and Order of Yoga Poses and Exercises

Published: Dec 30, 2021 | Revised: Dec 28, 2023
Edited by: Marce Ferreira

Yoga Sequencing | Ordering Yoga Poses and Exercises

Yoga Sequencing involves the way, art, or order in which Yoga poses (also called Yoga Asanas) and exercises are carried out. The idea behind sequencing is to perform a meaningful, logical flow of exercises with the goal of achieving a certain premeditated result.

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Some Yoga modalities incorporate fixed flows, that is, predefined sequences of poses and exercises, such as common in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, but other types of Yoga have a free flow or structure, rather adapted to the moment or imminent goal, such as typical in Vinyasa and Hatha Yoga practices.

Nevertheless, most Yoga as Exercise sessions incorporate an overall sequencing structure by starting with a grounding and warm-up routine, followed by simple exercises and poses, while advancing to more difficult ones and ending with a cool-down routine.

Yoga Sequencing can also entail a set of specific poses in order to tackle certain health conditions, such as back pains, neck pains, headaches, hip or leg pains, and so on. This type of sequencing is more common in Yoga as Therapy or in Restorative Yoga.

In general, Yoga schools and instructors design and use their own sequences (if applicable for the type of Yoga), bringing in their experience and knowledge of what certain Yoga poses do, how poses support each other, taking into consideration what is needed for a specific group or individual.

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