A Sequence to Cut Through Stagnation

Trapped in a fog? This practice—packed with twists, heart-openers, and heat-building core work—will help you find clarity and move forward.
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When you're feeling sluggish, your yoga practice can help you beat the inertia that Ayurveda calls tamas. This tamas-lifting sequence will help you find your true center and self. Prepare with three Sun Salutations, beginning slowly and gradually increasing to a moderate pace. As you practice, maintain a steady, smooth, ocean-sounding breath (Ujjayi Pranayama) throughout the sequence to enhance focus, concentration, warmth, and inner brightness.

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About the author
Larissa Hall Carlson is an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist, Ayurvedic Practitioner, and Yoga Teacher Training Director specializing in mindfulness, pranayama, women's health, stress relief, and yoga for elite performers. She is co-director of Yoga Journal's online course "Ayurveda 101," the former Education Manager of Kripalu's Institute for Extraordinary Living, and the former Dean of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda. Learn more at LarissaCarlson.com. Follow her on Instagram @larissahcarlson.