Home Yoga Practice #1

September 15, 2015

This sequence is the first in an ongoing series of 4-week pose cycles designed to work you through a basic syllabus of yoga poses. Each cycle will take you through all the major pose categories. Though based on an overall theme, the sequencing is general in the sense that the poses themselves are designed to provide the intended effects without necessarily practicing at a high level of detail. This makes the sequences suitable for the beginning student who is still learning the basic shapes of the poses.

More advanced practitioners will still benefit from the practice of these cycles, however. It is easy to get stuck in a rut in one’s own practice, working the same poses over and over. The balanced sequencing of each cycle will put you through your paces, touching on most of the important beginning poses. Each successive cycle will vary slightly, folding in progressively more challenging poses.

How To Use The Sequence Each practice is designed to last just over an hour. Feel free to subtract poses according to your needs. If you are practicing every day, you might think of doing the full sequence at least twice in a week, breaking the list down into smaller chunks on other days and allowing yourself more time in inversions and Shavasana (Corpse Pose). If you are practicing less than that, attempt the full sequence at least once during the week.


  1. Sukhasana (Comfortable Pose)

  2. Adho Mukha Sukhasana (Downward Facing Comfortable Pose)

  3. Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)

  4. Child's Pose

  5. Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)

  6. Vrkshasana (Tree Pose)

  7. Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle Pose)

  8. Virabhadrasana II (Warrior Pose II)

  9. Utthita Parshvakonasana (Extended Side Angle Pose)

  10. Parighasana (Gate Pose)

  11. Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose)

  12. Upavistha Konasana (Seated Angle Pose)

  13. Bharadwajasana (Bharadwaja's Pose) in chair

  14. Setu Bandha (Bridge Pose) with feet on chair

  15. Viparita Karani Mudra (Inverted Action Pose)

  16. Shavasana (Corpse Pose)


Adho Mukha Sukhasana (Downward Facing Comfortable Pose)


Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)

Vrkshasana (Tree Pose)