Order Of Poses Matters

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Does the order of yoga poses matter?

Order Of Poses Matters

There is a reason that the yoga poses in yoga classes and yoga videos or DVDs follow a certain order. Some yoga poses are invigorating and some are calming. The invigorating moves, including standing poses such as the warrior series, and balancing poses such as the standing big toe pose and half moon pose, are usually done earlier in the class, while seated poses and twists are done towards the end of a class to calm the body in preparation for final relaxation poses.

Some poses are done in preparation for others because their basic movements are the foundation of the more complicated postures. For example, dolphin, which is essentially downward-facing dog using your forearms instead of your palms, is often done earlier in a yoga class as a preparation for inverted forearm balancing poses later in the class.

   

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