One step at a time leads to great things in yoga
ALL challenging yoga sequences can be broken down into manageable component pieces.
However, when you learn each element of a sequence, step by step, you can begin to accomplish things you never knew were possible.
One of my favourite sequences is the Wild Tree Pose Flow.
If a beginner were going to attempt this, it might be difficult, if not potentially dangerous. However, here are five steps to help you achieve this advanced flow.
Knee to Nose - This exercise works the core, hips, buttocks and chest while helping you prepare to step to the front of your yoga mat.
For beginners, it can be challenging, but once you get the hang of it, you'll see your practice (and posture) improve.
Side Plank - Side plank not only builds strength in the arms and shoulders but it also strengthens your abdomen and legs.
This asymmetrical pose deliberately destabilises you and requires full core activation for balance.
Tree Pose - Tree pose can help improve your balance, and it strengthens your thighs, calves, ankles and spine.
It's also good for stretching the inner thighs, chest and shoulders. Once you feel confident doing it try...
Wild Thing - Camatkarasana is a great heart opener that stretches the thighs and hip flexors, as well as strengthens the shoulders and upper back.
It can also help battle fatigue or beat mild depression.
Upward Facing Dog - This heart-opening pose strengthens the spine, arms and wrists while stretching the chest, lungs, shoulders and abdomen.
It helps relieve mild depression and fatigue while counteracting other forward-folding poses.
Physically the sequence is good for increasing circulation and improving mind/body connection.
The first half builds up a decent amount of heat while the almost continuous flow of heightening waves pumps blood, lymph and prana through the body.
Energetically it is a balancing practice.