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Sadhana, Day three: Twists

A New Zealand June sunrise

A New Zealand June sunrise

This morning when I looked outside at 5:15 a.m. the sun was already up, just hidden behind the perpetual cloud cover.  I’m looking forward to the first clear blue-sky morning.

Today’s sequence, as usual, wasn’t quite what I posted yesterday, although it was close.

Chattush Padasana fell by the wayside.

And we followed shoulder stand with a sequence I learned in Pune and practice often: Maryichiasna III followed by Malasana, repeated two to three times, sitting on the shoulder stand setup for height. Eight a.m. was drawing near, so we practiced it only twice, before settling into Savasana.

Tomorrow, twists. I expect it will look something like this:

Twists: Day 3, 6, 9

Sitting  5 to 10 minutes

Constructive rest position/pavanamuktasana 3 to five minutes

Adho Mukha Virasana (downward-facing hero pose)  1 minute

Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward-facing dog pose)             1 minute

Pincha Mayurasana (elbow balance)             2 x 30 seconds

Sirsasana (headstand)             3-5 minutes

Uttanasana (standing forward bend)             1 minute

Tadasana (mountain pose)             30 seconds

Utthita Trikonasana (triangle pose)             1-2 minutes

Uttanasana (standing forward bend)             1 minute

Utthita Parsvakonasana (extended side angle pose)             1-2 minutes

Prasarita Padottanasana (wide-legged standing forward bend)             1 minute

Parivrtta Trikonasana (revolved triangle pose)             1-2 minutes

Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana (revolved half moon pose) 1 – 2 minutes

Parivrtta Parsvakonasana (revolved side angle pose)             1-2 minutes

Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward-facing dog pose)             1 minute

Bharadvajasana II (Bharadvaja’s Twist II)          2 x 1 minute

Virasana with arms in Gomukhasana (hero pose with cow face pose arms)   1 minute

Sarvangasana (shoulder stand)             3-10 minutes

Halasana (plow pose)             1-3 minutes

Supta Padangusthasana I (leg up) (supine hand-to-foot pose)             1 minute

Supta Padangusthasana II (leg to side) (supine hand-to-foot pose)             1 minute

Parsva Upavistha Konasana (wide-angle seated forward bend to the side)     2 minutes

Supta Baddha Konasana (supine bound angle pose)             3 minutes

Adho Mukha Virasana  (downward facing hero/child’s pose)             1 minute

Savasana (corpse pose)             3-5 minutes

Today’s sunrise photo courtesy of Linda W1, Flickr Creative Commons.

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