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Bakasana to Sirsasana 2 Vinyasa Yoga Class Sequence

Open-Level classes, in my opinion, are the most challenging types to teach. There can be such a wide range of student levels, and making sure to keep the class interesting enough for advanced students and accessible enough for more beginner students is a delicate balance.

Teaching the transition from Crow Pose to Tripod Headstand is one of my favorite options for a class with multiple level students. It’s great because it gives students lots of options to choose from when it comes to practicing the peak…

✧ They can stay with just Bakasana (crow)
✧ They can work on just tripod headstand
✧ They can do tripod headstand prep
✧ They can hang in Malasana as a first step to crow

or… they can practice the whole transition.

The nice part is, the class you put together to prep for this can be modified along the way as well. The sequence below focused on the strengthening of the shoulders (like eagle pose) and lift of the belly that’s needed to support these poses.

If you’re looking to change things up a bit and try a double-peak option in your class, this is a great way to give it a go!

Have fun and let me know how it goes!

Puttering/Warm-Up:

  • Childs pose w/ Shoulder Stretch
  • Cat/Cow (focus on the cat back)
  • Lizard Lunge
  • Wide Squat with Eagle Arms
  • Tadasana with Gomukasana Arms

Sun Salutations:

  • 4 Rounds

Standing Poses:

  • Warrior 2
  • Extended Side Angle
  • Triangle Pose
  • Ardha Chandrasana
  • Fallen Triangle (*note: This isn’t technically a standing pose, but I worked this in once we got to down dog as a way to help students connect to the core engagement needed for the peak!)
  • Warrior 1
  • Devotional Warrior

Balance Pose:

  • Eagle Pose

Twist Pose:

  • Revolve Extended Side Angle

Peak Pose:

  • Crow into Tripod Headstand

Wind Down Poses:

  • Supported Fish Pose
  • Bridge Pose
  • Full Wheel
  • Happy Baby

Savasana

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