Tip Tuesday: Help! I Need a Yoga Sequence

Tip Tuesday is a weekly feature where I offer a few yoga tips that have worked for me in the hopes that they can help you too.

Ever intend to practice yoga at home, but get stuck because you don’t know what poses to do? I’ve certainly been there. More often than not, when my home practice is, er, lacking, it’s because I can’t seem to decide what class sequence to do. I’ve never been one of those people who does well with total “free-form”–that is, doing any pose that feels good to do next. Instead, it helps me to have a class sequence outlined in the beginning. I don’t have to stick with it completely, but it gives me a place to start.

If you’re a yoga teacher, you might sometimes experience being uninspired about what to teach on a given day. Occasionally I feel undecided about what to teach (Backbends or inversions? Twists? What kind of sequences?). Sometimes I just feel like I want to mix up my sequencing more for some variety.

To help myself (and hopefully you too!), I created an online notebook of yoga sequences. Some of these are classes that I’ve created for my classes. Others are sequences inspired by another yoga class I’ve taken with my own spin on it. There’s also several classes directly from workshops or classes I’ve taken with Ana (as best I’ve been able to remember afterwards). For each class, I’ve noted the theme, physical focus, and approximate length and level.  [Note: these are mainly Forrest Yoga sequences, but I note when there are non-Forrest yoga classes]

My hope is that these can help you on those days where you’re drawing a big question mark on the practice or you just need a few ideas to get you going on a class sequence. These can provide a place to start, riff from, and experiment with as you see fit. It’s helped me to refer to spark some ideas or to just give myself a direction for the practice on any given day. You can find the link at the right side of the blog.

The classes also live in Google Docs and are open to anyone to add class plans to, so feel free to add yours to the mix!

Tip Tuesday: Where to Find Out More About Forrest Yoga

Tip Tuesday is a weekly feature where I offer a few yoga tips that have worked for me in the hopes that they can help you too.

When students ask me more about Forrest Yoga, I share with them and usually them to the Forrest Yoga website for more information. It’s a good place to start to find out more about the Forrest Yoga mission, find local teachers and see upcoming events. In addition, there’s a ton of Forrest Yoga resources out there beyond this site. Here’s many that are worth checking out:

Forrest Yoga blogs

Friends of Forrest Yoga

Caroline Myss Caroline Myss is an author and healer who has written extensively on healing and energy medicine. Several of her books are on the Forrest Yoga teacher training reading list.

Alex Turtle and Chenoa Egawa: Native American teachers and musicians and friends of Ana Forrest. They have a CD of their music together and will have an upcoming video out soon.

Victoria Keen Designer of many a pair of Ana’s pants and a very nice person!

Videos and Interviews

Stalking Fear with Dr. Sara Gottfried and Ana Forrest A must-listen teleconference that combines Ana’s yoga and healing background with Dr. Gottfried‘s medical and holistic health background to give concrete tips for combating fear. Part 2 of the call covers Q & A.

Turbodog Yoga YouTube Channel Forrest Yoga senior teachers, Talya Ring and Steve Emmerman, owners of Turbodog Spirit Center in Chicago have a number of instructive (and sometimes playful) videos available.

Yoga Pages Podcast Interview with Ana in 2006 An older interview that I keep in my iPod when I’m in need of inspiration.