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Sequencing 101: The Breath Pattern that Lays the Foundation for Smarter Sequencing

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A well-sequenced asana class leaves you feeling grounded, calm, and more able to truly drop into Savasana (Corpse Pose). You might think that sequencing magic starts with your warm-up poses; but it really starts with your breath—with inhalations that initiate expansion in your diaphragm, and exhalations that foster a letting go, along with a downward movement of your tailbone and a lift in your lower belly. This pattern of breathing will help you craft non-injurious, anatomically beneficial sequences and support you in every pose.