The Right Yoga For The Right Practitioner

         

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Teaching yoga for over two decades has not been very tough. A challenging task, however, has been suiting it to different type of an audience or class. If the yoga class comprises kids upto the age of 12, asanas definitely cannot focus on each specific body part. The asanas will have to be simple, straight and introductory. On the other hand if the practititoner has been doing yoga for several years and has gotten used to bending and stretching, the asanas can remain focused on a particular joint or a muscle for several minutes together. It is understanding these minute details that are important while teaching yoga.

For example in a yoga class for senior citizens aged 60-65 years, one could incorporate simple standing poses which could work wonders in rejuvenating the body:

  • Trikona Asana
  • Vriksha Asana
  • Garuda Asana
  • Virabhadra Asana I
  • Virabhadra Asana II

 

Similarly, a class for persons who are obese or leading a sedentary lifestyle wanting to take to yoga to shake that extra ounce of flab, a good yoga workout could have these asanas:

  • Surya Namaskar
  • Adhomukhasvana Asana
  • Parsvakona Asana
  • Jatara Parivartana
  • Setubandha Asana
  • Sarvanga Asana

 

On the other hand, for a regular practitioner doing yoga for at least five to six years a yoga session could be more intense with a focus on just standing poses, sitting poses, backbends or forward bends or even twisting, supine and inverted poses. There are more than 306 poses according to The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the famous Yoga treatise. The right permutation and combination could be used to suit the right student so by each yoga guru. Otherwise training can be a tedious task. So this is how a regimen can look for a regular practitioner:

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
Standing Poses Sitting/Twisting Backbends Inverted Poses
Surya Namaskar Paschimottana Dhanur Asana Sarvanga Asana
Adhomukhasvana Asana Janusirsa Asana Shalabh Asana Viparitadanda Asana
Urdhvamukhasvana Asana Bharadwaj Asana Makar Asana Hala Asana
Parivritta Trikona Asana Ardha Matsyendra Urdhvadhanur Asana Sirsa Asana
Parivritta Parsvakona Pasha Asana Viparitadanda  
Parsvottana Asana Kurma Asana Rajkapota Asana  
Ardhachandra Asana Kroncha Asana Setubandha  
Virabhadra Asana III Baddhakona Asana    

Hence each of these days, the asanas are practised for long duration, for four to five minutes at a stretch so that expertise can be gained in every posture. It is slowly and with gradual practice that one realizes that even the asanas are to be done according to one’s body-type and according to one’s stamina alone. After all the main end in Yoga is to achieve relaxation and calmness of the body and mind. Even over-stressing the body would be unwise. Ideal practitioner uses balance and poise to steer oneself to accomplish a healthy body.


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