How do you know what yoga to practice, or, if you’re teaching, how do you know what to teach?
One answer is: read your body. Another is – read the seasons.
At the moment we’ve been doing autumn gardening – cutting back vegetation and hauling full wheelbarrows across our property to compost. This has taken a toll on my back and hips, and I’ve experienced tiny twinges of sciatic pain.
I knew that early treatment with the right sequence of poses would sort me out and so it has. I’ve taught my students the same sequence this week, as in this perfect weather, everyone has been out doing their seasonal pruning, as well.
Here are some of the poses from the sequence. Use a block held between the thighs to help internally rotate them, and to widen the sitting bones:
Tadasana – Mountain pose
Baddha Hastasana – Tadasana with hands interlocked, arms overhead
Paschima Baddha Hastasana – Tadasana with arms folded behind back
Adho Mukha Svanasana – Down-ward facing dog pose
Uttanasana – Forward fold pose
Other helpful poses are:
Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana – Standing leg stretches