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justwannabe2010-07-05 01:22:54 +0000 #1
A few quetions

In yoga tradition do they do a certain set of asanas each day or do they tend to target different parts of the body each day. For instance, maybe one day do more hip openers as the main focus and another day do shoulder openers as the main focus. Now I know starting off with something like sun salutations gets the whole body involved, but after that do you mainly target certain parts? If you did do a cetain set routine everyday, would your body adapt and you not get the full benefits?

also, are all of the 700 or 900+ postures really necesarry?

can you get a full yoga asana practice that opens up the whole body without so many postures

still on the journey

InnerAthlete2010-07-05 01:24:38 +0000 #2
The answer the question earns is "it depends". There are advanced poses for advanced practitioners. That doesn't mean beginners can't get a full practice in that works the entire physical body.

In some systems the class theme changes by the week - standing poses, inversions, backbends, pranayama in the four weeks of the month. Some deviate from this. And even within that structure there is room for sequence alterations.

When teaching, a sound teacher looks at the students and may alter the offerings based on what that group needs or their presence in a certain asana or group of asana. For example, when the class seems to be missing an emphasis in Ashtanga Namaskar during the Sun Salutation it may be appropriate to break out and cover the pose individually. Otherwise you're reinforcing improper execution of the pose.

You can certainly respond to your body in your practice. Some might even say it's the whole point - become more in tune and respond to that conection through your practice. If you need hip openers everyday then do them. We do not all write the story of our lives in the same part of the anatomy.
Trinity2010-07-05 01:39:09 +0000 #3

One reason Yoga is so great is that it can be easily adapted to suit any-body. Traditionally the physical aspect of Yoga or the asanas were preformed so that it was easier to sit still in meditation without being distracted by the body. Now a days people practice in so many different ways. If you are looking to get an over all workout then selecting a variety of postures would be best, however if you want to focus on one particular area within a practice then this can also be done. Because there are so many posture within the system of yoga you may never achieve them all and it is not necessary to as well. Many of the more advanced asanas open the same areas as simpler ones so for most of us sticking to these is best.


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