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Yoga Sequencing: Designing Transformative Yoga Classes

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  1,178 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Yoga Sequencing: Designing Transformative Yoga Classes presents the essential principles and methods for planning and sequencing yoga classes. Addressing one of the most popular topics in the yoga profession, this book offers sixty-seven model sequences of yoga poses (asanas) that cover the broad range of yoga student experience, including multiple sequences for beginning, ...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by North Atlantic Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Dec 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have Mark Stephens other book, which I owned even before I began teaching yoga, and cherish the information in that one. I love this book as a resource for my yoga teaching now,as I have evolved and gotten more confidence, and am ready to play with class sequence more. This book gets in depth on class flow and how to sequence for a variety of students and populations. It's precise, easy to read(plus you can jump around easily, if you need to reference something!), and full of information. ...more
Beth Honeycutt
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well, as I read the assigned parts of this book, I kept thinking "Oh my, can I do this? Can I plan classes with all the different asanas geared toward the level of class I am teaching?"

I am excited (and a little scared) but I can. Yoga has so many benefits. Breath and movement - that's the basis and what I believe I can do.
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
While I did skip the sections for children and pregnancy, I found much of this book useful both for my own yoga practice as well as teaching. It’s interesting to think about a class period as themed, as a journey, or as telling a story. How do we “warm up”? What’s the “peak asana” I want to get to in a class? How am I leaving time for students to integrate what they’ve done in class—is reflection the class equivalent of savasana?
Oct 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
This a fabulous book to have if you are serious about yoga (which I never thought I would be) and want to be able to do your own thing with confidence. My yoga teacher suggested it and I refer back to it often. I have no doubt this book will get continual use.
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: yoga
I don't sequence my classes quite like Mark Stephens advocates, but I did enjoy the sequencing theory at the beginning and found it useful. That said, I can't say I've been inclined to use any of the many sequences laid out in the book, so that part of the book is basically unused. I also have one particular qualm and that is that I don't agree that shoulderstand, plow, karnapidasana, and full vasisthasana should be included in beginner sequences. (p. 162 vasisthasana with the top leg held by th ...more
Tia C.
Mar 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: yoga
I totally adore yoga, ever since it's been my favorite thing next to stretching. I feel it relaxes me the best, helps me discover my true being, and feels like a perfect chance to accomplish some personal meditation time, and additionally helps to balance my chakra!

The book Yoga Sequencing is created by an author I feel has done a great job in his line of work. All the books he creates are favorites. I never read others that really spoke to me in a way that could help me achieve my goals and eve
Brent Woo
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: namaste
Super fascinating to get perspective from "the other side of the desk". There is a lot that goes into cuing and encouraging the right postures. The sections on interesting audiences like children, pregnant people, and seniors, were especially interesting. Even if you don't plan to pursue being a teacher, it's already enlightening to try to sequence your own yoga class, and doing things from memory is a great way to be way more engaged with the flow, rather than mindlessly simon saysing. Learning ...more
May 05, 2021 rated it did not like it
I’ve been teaching yoga for 9 years and I’m in a 300hr yoga teacher training. I was not a fan of this book. I dont agree with a lot of things he said, he contradicts himself a lot, I’m not sure he knows what a beginning yogi can do (the provided sequences are ridiculous for a beginner). There were a lot of you must sequence this before this and with this. I would not recommend this book.
Zamfir Andrei
Mar 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great for yoga teachers. Also pretty good if you wanna practice yoga by yourself.

I found a little bit hard to follow the sequence explained in seems that i need another 5 years of practice to achieve the intermediate level :))
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: yoga-etc
Great for yoga teachers
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well-organized guide for yoga teachers.
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great reference book that will be a 'go-to' for me. ...more
Stefan Jernberg
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great expansions and meny excellent sequencese. There could be a greater variety of poses.
Victoria Ann Thompson
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This a very helpful book I took alot of notes since I'm studying to become a yoga instructor myself I hope to take alot from this book and bring it to hopefully a class one day that I'll be teaching ...more
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very informative
Anh Pham
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
chapter one, an intro to the ideology that doesn't sounds enlightened rather than completely frou-frou ...more
Mar 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Another one I read back in 2020 and have the physical copy of (along with Yoga Medicine) to refer back to often for creating my own safe sequences for myself and my students.
Mar 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health
I am no expert but have practiced yoga on and off for years with various teachers. I found this book excellent for planning practice alone at home.
Jen Ghastin
Dec 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The book on yoga sequecning. A must-have for all new yoga teachers.
Dani Arceneaux
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: yoga-practice
I love this book. I can't believe this book wasn't required reading for my YTT, it was THAT good.

Yoga teachers, you need this in your library. It gives you Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced sequences with themes like Back bends, forward bends, standing balance, inversions...

It also provides a clear format to follow for creating your own sequence, and well as basic and advanced cues for a sequence. A nice refresher if you learned it during your TT but misplaced your notes ;)

My favorite part
May 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: yoga
I ordered this book looking for ideas for creative yoga sequencing. I got ideas but not necessarily ideas I will use. It was good to read a different philosophy and approach to yoga and be able to compare to what I have learned. While there was some overlap and consistency, there were differences of opinion. I will use bits and pieces but the majority of my students could not approach yoga the way it is laid out in most of the 65 sequences he provides. That is not to say there are not many peopl ...more
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend the two Mark Stephens books I've read - He not only touches on the traditional approaches to yoga sequencing and how a teacher can adjust a practice to a wide variety of students, but he also addresses specific practices to the gunas, chakra specific practices, age specific practices and principles on how to create your own structured classes. ...more
Lisa Baggerman
Jul 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
I will likely be flipping through this book for years. My only suggestion is to add ideas for helping transition students from beginning to intermediate, and then to advanced. And also, deconstructing more difficult poses, especially head and handstands.
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is a must for every yoga teacher. I have used lots of the sequences from here already, or modified. Lots of great ideas, lots of basics. Wish I had read this in my teacher training; it is that good!
Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: yogi
This book gives focused sequences for body parts, age groups, and doshas too! Helpful for the beginner yoga teacher. Great reference point for yoga teachers of varying levels of expertise. I will be turning to this book often to help when designing a class.
I will use over and over
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
As a newish teacher I refer to this book almost weekly. It's like my asana bible. A must have for a vinyasa or similar teacher. ...more
Oct 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the bible of sequencing for yoga teachers.
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exceptional tool

Great detail on sequencing classes for any level, plus information on specialty classes. Logical methodology explained and illustrations clearly detail class flow.
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved the whole book. As a beginner teacher it gave me an abundance of courage.
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