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AnaTeresa

Ashtanga Yoga Rules

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I've been trying to understand Ashtanga Yoga Rules and I can´t really understand this one: "the next posture is added on only when the student has gained proficiency in the previous one"

I can't understand this.

So if you do not do properly yet a pose you just end your practice? Without Savasana?

Or if it happens let's say at the Standing poses sequence, you just stop and pass to the Seated postures and so on?

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What you have described is one way of doing. Only work through the series as far as you are able. If you are unable to do that pose, that is it stop. Do not continue with any of the rest of the series until you can do that pose. Never miss Savasana. What Candace described is another way. And there is also many others. Some are strict and some are not. This is a nice link, I know it says contact page but it is for the first series http://www.absolutelyashtanga.com/contactus.html , http://www.absolutelyashtanga.com/samadhi.html

I have never heard of required prerequisite poses for the first series. In the intermediate series it is extremely important to know which poses are prerequisite to continue with the series. I don't know of anything in the group of first series poses that would get us messed up somehow like some in the intermediate series could. But I could be wrong as well!

 

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