Alternate Vinyasa Sequences: Part One; Kneeling Poses with Mild Weight Bearing on Hands, Wrists and Shoulders
I have been waiting for a while to set this up. This is the first part of a series of postings on alternate vinyasa sequences. There will be a few more postings that will be photos of postures. And then there will be a dialogue. The subject is: things you can do instead of Chataranga, Upward Facing Dog and Downward Facing Dog in a Vinyasa class or in your own practice. The original dialogue was initiated by a vinyasa practitioner who has a repetitive stress injury and needs not to bear weight on her shoulder but loves the effects of a flowing style of practice where you continue to do repetitive movements with your breath throughout practice to help your body open. After the some of the ideas for things you could do in place of Chataranga-Up Dog, Down Dog, I will post the dialogue.
I want to be clear, this in no way even comes close to exhausting thing possibilities for alternative vinyasa sequences. But hopefully it will help practitioner’s think and practice creatively and open new doorways in your practice.
The first posture is a posture that can be done on an inhale and is on the hands and knees. It could replace straight armed plank or upward facing dog.
These two postures are also poses that can be done on an inhale and are on the hands and knees. They could also replace straight armed plank or upward facing dog.
These are two postures that can be done on an inhale where you are standing on your knees. They could also replace straight armed plank or upward facing dog.
These are two postures that can be done on an inhale, where you are lying on your stomach. They could also replace straight armed plank or upward facing dog.
These are two photos of postures you could do on an exhale to replace chataranga (the low push up position) or downward facing dog. I forgot to take pictures of the variations where you are on your hands and knees and rounding and bringing your knee into your chest while looking at your knee. You can do that with both hands on the ground or while bringing one hand into your chest as well.
Any of these variations could be held to replace the holding of downward facing dog in a vinyasa sequence as well. They could be held to replace plank, chataranga and up dog as well. The idea of this is being open to trying new things; and if you are, you will find yourself coming up with all sorts of variations that you like.
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