Sequencing 101: Establish the Framework for Your Practice in Tadasana

Before you plunge into more difficult poses, take the time to set shoulder, spine, and hip alignment that will serve you throughout your sequence.
By Natasha Rizopolous ,

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And before you dive into more difficult poses and sequencing theory, it’s worth taking the time to set the shoulder, spine, and hip alignment that will serve you in all of your poses. The best place to do this? Tadasana (Mountain Pose)—the blueprint for most standing, prone, and inverted poses (and even twists and backbends). In this next segment, discover how understanding this essential pose can set the stage for successful sequencing and provide a template for your practice.

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