Yoga Philosophy, Yoga Sequence

Yoga sequence: Suffer less

You buy furniture. You tell yourself, this is the last sofa I will ever need in my life. Buy the sofa, then for a couple years, you’re satisfied that no matter what goes wrong, at least you’ve got your sofa issue handled. Then the right set of dishes. Then the perfect bed. The drapes. The rug. Then you’re trapped in your lovely nest, and the things you used to own, now they own you.

– Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk

I shared this quote in class a couple weeks ago. Fight Club was one of those pivotal movies in my young adulthood that profoundly shifted my view on attachment. From the time that we’re young, we were always chasing something we didn’t have. A thinner nose, six pack abs, a coveted purse, designer jeans, another promotion, impressive title, a certain level of income, etc. Having a plan in life for financial security and career growth are one thing, but constantly grasping and attaching ourselves to another material or idealized thing only causes us to stay in our cycle of suffering, or samsara.

When we’re not in our present moment, we suffer. When we’re always in wishful thinking mode, we suffer. And even when we’ve bought what we’ve coveted, it’s still never enough, and we suffer.

Yoga (and Fight Club) teaches us to suffer less. To let go of unimportant attachments to STUFF. To stop obsessing over the “perfect” living room and putting on a show. And in terms of our asana practice, give up the idea of achieving so-called perfection in the poses. Instead, be IN THE POSE. Breathe. Let go of unnecessary tension. Suffer less.

This sequence forces you to find ways to be present, to relax and to detach from unnecessary ideas of perfection.

60 minute yoga sequence: Suffer less

  • Balasana –> crawl fingers off mat, side stretch
  • Puppy pose
  • Hands + knees –> extend leg to side, open twist
  • Adho mukha svanasana
  • Walk hands to feet –> Uttanasana
  • Half salutations
  • Adho mukha, High crescent lunge, Twist, Vira I, cactus arms, Vira I, Humble warrior, Vinyasa [Repeat other side]
  • Vira II, Utthita parsvokonasana (bound option), Vira II, Reverse warrior, Hands down inside of legs, Down dog arms, Vinyasa [Repeat other side]
  • Surya namaskar A x3
  • Pada hastasana
  • 3 legged dog, knee to nose, 3 legged dog, knee to opposite armpit, Kick foot out/IT band stretch, Fallen triangle, 3 legged dog, Lizard, Vinyasa [Repeat other side]
  • Pyramid (R), Prasarita padottanasana A (tripod headstand option), Crawl hands to back of mat, Pyramid (L), Prasarita D, Crawl hands to front, Vinyasa
  • Paschimottanasa
  • Supta padangusthasana
  • Jenn Wooten stretch – connective tissue + hip flexors
  • Savasana
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