Year of Yoga: Week 52



It’s hard to believe that this first year of yoga is coming to an end! Even though there are 52 full weeks of the year, 52x7=364, and 2008 was a leap year, so there are a couple of extra days in this final recovery phase week.

You will notice that the practices are considerably softer and there is more pranayama. When doing pranayama NEVER PUSH THE BREATH. If the breath becomes forced at any point, release and return to normal breathing. Pranayama is a subtle and powerful practice that should be approached with respect. Do not attempt pranayamas that you have not been taught in class by a competent instructor.

On days when non-yoga related activity is called for, consider going for a power walk, a run, a swim or anything else that is physically active. Using the body differently will help to challenge the muscles and nervous system and act as cross-training to help keep the body and mind fresh.

Tuesday, December 23


Quiet Practice:

• Viparita Karani (Upside Down Pose) (5 min)
• Child’s Pose over a bolster (5 min)
• Meditation Practice (15-30 min)

Restorative Practice:

• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (20-30 min)

OR

• Any non-yoga related activity

Wednesday, December 24


Quiet Practice:

• Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined Bound Angle Pose) with breath awareness (5 min)
• Child’s Pose over bolster with breath awareness (5 min)
• Meditation Practice (15 min)

Restorative Practice:

• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose) with the head supported (2-3 min)
• Uttanasana (Intense West Stretch Pose) with the head supported (2-3 min)
• Salamba Shirshasana (5-10 min)
• Supta Virasana (Reclined Hero Pose ) (3-5 min)
• Salamba Sarvangasana 1 (Shoulder Stand 1) (5-10 min)
• Halasana (Plough Pose) (3-5 min)
• Parshva Bharadwajasana (Side Bharadwaja’s Pose) over a bolster (90 sec each side)
• Setu Bandha (Bridge Pose) over a bolster (3-5 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (10-30 min)

Thursday, December 25


Quiet Practice:

• Parshva Bharadwajasana (Side Bharadwaja's Pose) over bolster with breath awareness (5 min each side)
• Meditation Practice (15 min)

Restorative Practice:

• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (20-30 min)

OR

• Any non-yoga related activity

Friday, December 26


Quiet Practice:

• Setu Bandha (Bridge Pose) over a bolster with breath awareness (5 min)
• Child’s Pose over bolster with breath awareness (5 min)
• Meditation Practice (15-30 min)

Restorative Practice:

• Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined Bound Angle Pose) with breath awareness (5 min)
• Child’s Pose over bolster with breath awareness (3-5 min)
• Ujjayi 4 (Victorious Breath 4) (5 min)
• Viloma 2 (Interrupted Breath 2) (5 min)
• Ujjayi 8 (Victorious Breath 8) (5 min)
• Viloma 5 (Interrupted Breath 5) (5 min)
• Nadi Shodana 1b (Alternate Nostril Breathing 1b) (5 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (5 min)
• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose) (2-3 min)
• Salamba Shirshasana 1 (Head Stand 1) (8-10 min)
• Supta Virasana (Reclined Hero Pose) (3-5 min)
• Salamba Sarvangasana 1 (Shoulder Stand 1) (8-10 min)
• Halasana (Plough Pose) (3-5 min)
• Pashchimottanasana (Intense West Stretch Pose) (3 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (5 min)

Saturday, December 27


Quiet Practice:

• Viparita Karani (Upside Down Pose) with breath awareness (5 min)
• Child’s Pose over bolster with breath awareness (5 min)
• Meditation Practice (15-30 min)

Restorative Practice:

• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (20-30 min)

OR

• Any non-yoga related activity

Sunday, December 28


Quiet Practice:

• Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined Bound Angle Pose) with breath awareness (5 min)
• Child’s Pose over bolster with breath awareness (5 min)
• Meditation Practice (15-30 min)

Restorative Practice:

• Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined Bound Angle Pose) over a bolster, with breath awareness (5 min)
• Child’s Pose over a bolster, with breath awareness (5 min)
• Ujjayi 4 (Victorious Breath 4) in Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (5 min)
• Viloma 1 (Interrupted Breath 1) in Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (5 min)
• Viloma 2 (Interrupted Breath 2) in Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (5 min)
• Ujjayi 8 (Victorious Breath 8) in any seated position (5 min)
• Viloma 4 (Interrupted Breath 4) in any seated position (5 min)
• Viloma 5 (Interrupted Breath 5) in any seated position (5 min)
• Nadi Shodhana 1b (Alternate Nostril Breathing 1b) in any seated position (5 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (5-10 min)

Monday, December 29


Quiet Practice:

• Parshva Bharadwajasana (Side Bharadwaja’s Pose) over a bolster (3-5 min each side)
• Meditation Practice (15-30 min)

Restorative Practice:

• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (20-30 min)

OR

• Any non-yoga related activity

Tuesday, December 30


Quiet Practice:

• Parshva Bharadwajasana (Side Bharadwaja’s Pose) over a bolster (3-5 min each side)
• Meditation Practice (15-30 min)

Restorative Practice:

• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose) with the head supported (2-3 min)
• Uttanasana (Intense West Stretch Pose) with the head supported (2-3 min)
• Salamba Shirshasana (5-10 min)
• Supta Virasana (Reclined Hero Pose ) (3-5 min)
• Salamba Sarvangasana 1 (Shoulder Stand 1) (5-10 min)
• Halasana (Plough Pose) (3-5 min)
• Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined Bound Angle Pose) over a bolster (3-5 min)
• Setu Bandha (Bridge Pose) over a bolster (3-5 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (10-30 min)

Wednesday, December 31


Quiet Practice:

• Parshva Bharadwajasana (Side Bharadwaja’s Pose) over a bolster (3-5 min each side)
• Meditation Practice (15-30 min)

Restorative Practice:

• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (20-30 min)

OR

• Any non-yoga related activity

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