Sequencing 101: Sequence Standing Poses Like a Pro

Yoga Journal’s online course, Sequencing 101 with Natasha Rizopoulos, will take your vinyasa practice and teaching to the next level. You’ll crack the code on structuring classes that safely, logically, and energetically build to peak poses (and Savasana). And you’ll develop the strength and awareness you need to truly access the physical and mental benefits of asana. Sign up today for a six-week exploration of Natasha’s unique alignment-focused sequencing method, including challenging practices that will deepen your knowledge of yoga and offer a fresh perspective on how and why asana is a true tool for transformation.

If you’ve ever been in a class where the poses frenetically vacillate between Warrior I, Warrior II, Warrior III, and more, you might be familiar with that whiplash-like-feeling that poor sequencing elicits. Quickly alternating standing poses that require external rotation of the legs, like Warrior II, with standing poses that are based on a more neutral position—like Warrior I and Warrior III—doesn’t give you the opportunity to warmup, build strength, or evolve your practice. Learn more from Natasha Rizopoulos about how to sequence standing poses and why it matters in this video.