The benefits of teaching a set sequence are that you do not have to be responsible for what postures to teach, nor what order to teach them in. Assuming the sequence is a good one, teachers can be confident that what they are presenting is safe and beneficial for their students. They can focus on what words they are using and what type of energy they use when speaking them, both of which are inherently challenging pieces of the puzzle, especially for new teachers. With a set and safe sequence, students have an easier time in the postures. Their body and mind will be prepared for what comes next, and injuries will be scarce.
As more teachers gain insight into the expansiveness of the Ghosh lineage, more sequences are being taught and practiced. While this is most certainly not a bad thing, we must be certain we are being as careful as possible when teaching. With posture choice comes great responsibility. With posture sequence choice comes greater responsibility.
Different lineages of yoga take a different approach, of course. Each tradition has its own plethora of postures combined with its own set of principles surrounding how to practice. In this blog series we will look at reasons for specific Ghosh lineage sequencing, what issues we are starting to see, how to be informed about sequences, and how best to move forward. Stay tuned for Part 1.
Scott & Ida are Yoga Acharyas (Masters of Yoga). They are the head teachers of Ghosh Yoga. This blog is about their experience with yoga practice, study and teaching.
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