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Reading Asana – Sequences

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A slightly more elaborate illustation of a sequence for Parsva Uttanasana – Flank Forward Bend:

This illustration says:

  • on inhale raise your arms
  • on exhale bend forward
  • on inhale come back up
  • on the exhale lower the arms back down alongside the body.
  • repeat this 4 times on one side and then 4 times on the other side (this is an assymetric posture done once with the right foot forward and then with the left foot forward.

A variation of this sequence might look something like:

This illustration says:

  • on inhale raise your arms
  • on exhale bend forward
  • on inhale come back up
  • repeat this (just the bending forward and coming up) 4 times
  • then, on the 5th exhale lower the arms back down alongside the body.
  • repeat this entire sequence once on each side.

This 2nd variation can be more physically intense – because the forward bend is repeated consecutively without returning to a arm-restfing starting position every time. Sometimes, when writing a sequence with no specific person in mind, like I would do for publishing on this website, I will opt to use the first variation – which is more generic. In these cases it is up to the reader/practitioner to choose how to perform the practice.

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