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Strike a Pose: Closing Sequence

The Closing Sequence of Ashtanga Yoga is a powerful and grounding way to end a vigorous class. These particular poses are not limited to just Ashatanga; you can find many of them in other styles of yoga as well. So if you practice yoga, it's good to be familiar with this popular sequence. Plus if you ever experiment with Ashtanga you will be in the know. The poses are listed in sequence as they are done in class. To learn more about a particular pose, just click on the orange link to reach a full post dedicated to the pose.

Wheel
Urdhva Dhanurasana
Do 3 times, holding each for 5 breaths

Seated Forward Bend
Paschimottanasana
Hold for 5 breaths

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Shoulderstand
Salamba Sarvangasana
Hold for 15 breaths

Plow
Halasana
Hold for 5 breaths

Ear Pressure
Karnapidasana
Hold for 5 breaths

Balancing Lotus
Urdhva Padmasana
Hold for 5 breaths

Embryo
Pindasana
Hold for 5 breaths

Fish
Matsyasana
Hold for 5 breaths

Extended Legs
Uttana Padasana
Hold for 5 breaths

Bound Headstand A and B
Sirsasana A
Hold for 25 breaths


Sirsasana B
Hold for 5 breaths

Bound Lotus
Baddha Padmasana
Hold for 5 breaths

Lotus
Padmasana
Hold for 10 breaths

Lifted Lotus
Tolasana
Hold for 100 Breaths (or as many as you can)

Corpse
Savasana
Hold until your heart rate and breath slow down to normal, for about 10 minutes

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