Firstly, we want to emphasize that you are designing your practicum for an entry-level practitioner, meaning that your class is intended for beginners. We are looking to see a practicum that is safe and accessible, that is clear and concise.
When it comes to sequencing the asana in your practicum it is very important that it is logical and makes sense in the body. You will want to begin with teaching asana that will gently warm up the body, before moving into asana that is preparatory and leads towards your peak pose. You will then need to offer counterposes to the peak pose and finish the class with cool-down asana, leading into Savasana.
Here is an example of this structure, based on Half Moon - Ardha Chandrasanaas the peak pose.
- Warm-up poses might include Sufi Grind to lubricate the hips and lower back, a seated side body stretch and Cat/Cow for the spine.
- Preparatory poses may include Downward Facing Dog, Triangle pose, Extended side angle pose, Warrior 2 and Uttanasana, as these poses target the hamstrings, hips, glutes, side body and build a sense of balance and strong foundation through the feet.
- The peak pose would then be Half Moon, offering modifications and variations into the fullest expression of the pose, such as a block under the bottom hand for support or keeping the drishti to the floor for balance and stability.
- The counter poses might be Tadasana, Uttanasana, Downward Facing Dog, Pigeon pose, to help with releasing the glutes and hamstrings.
- The cool down poses might include bridge pose and a reclined spinal twist for the core and back.
Of course, there are many other ways to sequence a class based upon a theme or intention, but when it comes to the asana portion of the class we do want to see that it is safe, accessible, progressive and logical in the body and that there is a clear beginning, middle and end to your sequence.
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