Stand in Mountain Pose (Tadasana) with feet together.
Center and feel the smooth, flowing breath. Bring the palms together
at the heart center (namaste).
On an inhale, sweep arms until horizontal and step left
foot to the left, wide leg stance, feet facing forward.
Spread your legs 4-5 feet apart so that when you bend your knee,
it makes a square.
On an exhale, turn left foot inward 45° and the right
foot outward 90°. Pull the kneecaps up, tighten the
quadriceps, push downward into your feet, grounding.
On an inhale, sweep right arm alongside ear, lower left
hand to left thigh. Pull the abdominals in, lift chest,
stretch straight up through the right arm. Energize the vertical
line through the arm.
On an exhale, lean to the left, sliding left hand down left
leg. Reach outward through the right arm, turn the head,
look down, stretch sideways, breathing smoothly.
On an exhale, bend the right knee until it forms a square.
Aim the knee directly over the toes. Pull the abdominals in, expand
the chest as you inhale, then exhale and spiral the chest toward
the ceiling. Reach outward throught the right arm and gaze upward
- a strong curve of energy.
On an exhale, stretch into Triangle Pose (Trikonasana).
Keep the length on the right side of the body as you come into the
pose. Bring the right hand to the right ankle or floor, make the
left arm vertical, and gaze upward. Breathe.
Exhale and take the left arm behind your back.
This is Triangle Pose, Stage Two. Take a moment to wriggle the hand
in and catch the right thigh. Pull the abdominals in, breathe upward
into the chest to lift the rib cage away from the waist. On an exhale,
rotate chest toward the sky. Gaze upward. Breathe.
Flow into Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana II).
First, turn head and look down. Exhale as you bend the right leg
and slide the left foot closer to the right. Place right hand on
the floor, lean until left foot leaves the floor - now balannced
on right hand and foot - and inhale and float the left foot upward
until the leg and torso form a straight line. Exhale as you slowly
straighten the right leg, pressing the right foot straight down
into the floor. Inhale and lengthen the right arm - the head and
body will lift upward away from the floor - then exhale and roll
left shoulder and elbow backward, spiraling chest toward the sky.
Continue looking down. Be here and breathe.
On an exhale, come down into a bent knee side stretch (stage
three of Parshvakonasana). Bend right leg, touch left foot
to the floor near right foot, then step back to original wide-stance
position. Bring right arm in front of right leg and bend the right
knee until it forms a right angle. The left arm is still behind
the back. Pull the abdominals in, lift upward into the chest, and
rotate body toward the sky. Gaze upward. Breathe smoothly.
Release the left arm. Bring it forward, up, and
around until it is alongside left ear with palm down. This is Stage
Four of Parshvakonasana. Move left hand and foot away from one another.
Flow into Warrior I (Virbadrasana I). Inhale as
you sweep the left arm up, straightening the right leg. Exhale and
turn the body to face the right foot. The arms are extending outward
from the sides. On an inhale, sweep arms up until vertical, bring
palms together, and turn head to look upward. On an exhale, bend
right knee, coming into the pose. Pull abdominals in, lift chest,
and gaze through fingers. Reach enthusiastically upward! Breathe
On an exhale, sweep arms to the sides and fold forward into
a variation of Pyramid Pose (Parsvottanasana). Straighten
the right leg and walk hands forward away from you, fingers pointing
forward, palms flat. Rest the face on the shinbone. Breathe.
Walk hands backward toward the left foot into another variation
of Pyramid Pose. Keep arms straight, palms flat, and fingers
pointing away from you. Breathe smoothly.
Bring the left hand to the outside edge of the right foot,
sweep the right arm up, and rotate into Revolved Triangle Pose (Parivrrta
Trikonasana). Gaze downward toward the left hand some of
the time, then turn head upward and gaze toward the right hand.
Turn to the front into stage one of the Standing Spread
Leg Forward Fold (Prasarita Padottanasana). Turn feet to
the front and place hands on the floor directly below the shoulders.
Press the arms straight, make back flat, and gaze down. Breathe.
Walk hands forward into stage two of Standing Spread Leg
Forward Fold (Prasarita Padottanasana). Press forward into
hands and stretch backward through the sitting bones to bring head
town. Try to form a smooth curve through arms and spine.
Walk the hands forward into stage three of Standing Spread
Leg Forward Fold (Prasarita Padottanasana). Have palms
flat, fingers forward, then bring elbows inward toward one another
until upper arms are parallel. Stretch crown of the head straight
down toward the floor. Breathe smoothly.
Bring the arms around behind the torso into stage four of
Standing Spread Leg Forward Fold (Prasarita Padottanasana).
Clasp hands, straighten arms (if possible), then elongate arms before
squeezing them downward toward the floor. (Ok, I had a little problem
trying to get the last two stick figures drawn - this is the best
I could do!!! Mary Esther)
Release hands, sweep arms to the sides, and on an inhale,
come up. Exhale and step feet together. Bring hands together
at heart center (Namaste).
Lower hands and stand quietly. Mountain Pose (Tadasana).
Close the eyes, breathe smoothly, be aware of how you feel. Be motionless
without holding yourself still. Be relaxed.
Repeat on other side: Step to right, turn feet to the left,
and then sweep left arm up and flow. Be in each pose an equal length
of time. Then stand quietly and experience the way you feel.