Non-Memorized Sequencing

I’ve never taught a memorized sequence. I find that adhering to an agenda limits my ability to be present with my students’ needs. I plan and build my classes around peak postures, transitions or concepts.

Example: #Handstand

To make handstand accessible and safe I may start class off with exercises to enhance my students’ awareness of the energetics of their hands and forearms so they know how to better support their wrists and find balance. Then I could graduate to a flow, placed here to ease up that concentrated energy. In that flow I’d drop in shoulder openers, hamstring stretches and core #engagement so that the body gets awakened in ways that are connected to the Handstand. Next, #core work. Then we hit the hips because having open hamstrings and hip flexors makes the hops into handstand more accessible. In the flow I’ll discuss the ways in which each posture is similar to handstand so students can begin to learn handstand #muscle memory while they are still upright and able to think clearly. Then more shoulder opening to make the flexion necessary for handstand more #accessible. Now we flirt with handstand hops while in mid flow. (I like to throw my students in the deep end sometimes to see that falling, failure, panic, confusion- whatever it is that comes up- it’s not so bad. Plus, then when we do go to the wall, it is more enjoyable 🙃) Next, we can discuss the gazing point options and the value of looking at different places on the floor to find more #stability. Then we take a break from analyzing Handstand and just move and breath. Now brain back on and we try different handstand hops. Analyze and flow some more, plus add in some counter postures if necessary. More core work and then let’s go to the wall! Here I’ll prescribe different #modifications of Handstand: from Handstand standing up to drop gaze so that everyone has something accessible to work toward. After, we counter stretch, do a grounding cool down and lastly savasana!

#Sequencing is not about planning and executing a sequence precisely. It’s about being intentional and purposeful with each posture that you instruct. This makes class more vibrant and alive.

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