Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Primary Series Key

For a good amount of the spring and summer time of last year I practiced yoga at home.  My room is not the best place to spread out, but there was enough to work with.  On the wall I taped a great instruction sheet that my friend gave me onto my wall.  As I stand at the top of my mat, I would gaze forward to reference the sequence of the standing postures and then began breathing through the movements.  Not only do I like how this key shows you the fully expressed variation of the posture and how it reminds you when to inhale and exhale during salutations, but it also prompts you when to go through a vinyasa during the sequence of postures.

If you are unfamiliar, a vinyasa is the ‘standard sequence’ that can be performed between asanas, or postures.  The sequence usually begins with plank, then exhale down to chaturanga, inhale into up-dog, then bringing the hips back and exhale into down-dog; reference the sheet below in the section titled Suryanamaskara-A Sun Salute. 

One of the important things when practicing yoga is to remember where your gaze is.  I’m glad to see that when it shows where to gaze when holding and breathing through an asana.

So without further ado, I share with you this key that was printed by Yoga Sport located in Bryn Mawr, PA.

Always remember to take full and deep breaths in and out of your nose, listen to what your body is telling you, and to have fun!


2 thoughts on “Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Primary Series Key

  1. savasana addict

    I agree, these posters are really helpful, particularly at the beginning when students are still memorizing the sequence. I just wonder why it’s called yoga “sport”?…. :-/

    1. Bryan Post author

      You know, I’m not sure why they call it Yoga “Sport.” It kinda takes away the spiritual aspect of yoga, doesn’t it? But just to add, I like to incorporate both ideas of spirituality and physicality into my practice and not just one or the other.


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