Years ago, when Patrick and I had our first yoga studios, he taught a 6:30PM Level 2 vinyasa class on Monday nights that was always sold out and packed wall-to-wall. I’m talking those pre-pandemic days when the idea of putting yoga mats only 3 inches apart from each other felt normal (at least in the NYC area anyway).
The group of students who took this class were Patrick devotees and subbing it last minute was my worst nightmare because you could literally see the looks of disappointment on people’s faces when they walked in and realized he wouldn’t be the one teaching the class.
Well, one Monday he needed a last minute sub and as his business partner it fell on me to heed those looks of sadness. In an attempt to ease the disappointment, I knew I needed to plan a fun, creative, and challenging class.
Enter the peak pose Pavritta Ardha Chapasana – or revolved sugarcane pose.
The first time I ever sequenced a class to this peak was during that night I subbed for Patrick and the students ended up loving all the side bending and twisty goodness that a class like this requires. So, I’m happy to say that it wasn’t the last.
This pose isn’t taught all that often, which can be a really fun way to challenge your students to try something new. It’s definitely a challenging peak, so a sense of humor is recommended when teaching it so that students don’t get stuck on taking themselves too seriously if they’re not able to hold the balance in this pose. It’s definitely one of those poses that’s more about the journey than the destination.
They key with building a class sequence for this pose is starting with a lot of open hip poses and side body opening and then leading students fully through the transition into neutral and then closed hip poses in order to facilitate the big twist required.
I find that focusing cues on the internal rotation created by lifting the inner thigh of the lifted leg helps students to find the balance here, and those cues can be worked into teaching Warrior 3, Warrior 1, and Revolved Triangle during class so they hear it over and over.
- Seated Twist
- Anjenayasana with clasped hands
- Prasarita Padottanasana with twists
- Uttanasana with clasped hands
- 3-4 Rounds
- Warrior 2
- Peaceful Warrior
- Triangle Pose
- Ardha Chandrasana
- Warrior 1
- Devotional Warrior
- Ardha Chapasana
- Supported Warrior 3 (blocks under hands)
- Revolved Triangle
- Revolved Ardha Chapasana
Wind Down Poses:
- Child’s Pose
- Janu Sirsasana
- Supta Baddha Konasana
Give it a try and let us know how it goes! To catch a few video clips of this sequence in action follow @kate.lombardo and @yogarenewteachertraining on Instagram.
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