Sutras and Poses

2021 Monthly Yoga Poses and Sutras

Theme of the Year “Know your Obstacles”

Pose of the Year: Urdvha Dhanurasana (Upward Facing Bow Pose)

January Poses: Virabhadrasana I (Warrior I) & Urdvha Hastasana (Upward Hands Pose)

January Sutra: I.20 Practice must be pursued with trust, confidence & vigor to break the complacency.

February Poses: Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana (Revolved Half Moon Pose) & Anantasana (Vishnu’s Couch Pose)

February Sutra: I.21 The goal is near for those who are supremely vigorous & intense in practice.

March Poses: Adho Mukha Vrksasana (Tree Pose) & Setu Bandha (Bridge Pose)

March Sutra: I.22 There is a distinction between those who are mild, average or keen in their practice.

April Poses: Purvottanasana (Intense Eastward Facing Stretch) & Prasarita Padottanasana, arms behind with support (Wide Spread Legs Intense Stretch with Classic Arms)

April Sutra: I.30 & I.31 A variety of obstacles to one’s progress can be identified.

May Poses: Sirsasana (Headstand)

May Sutra:  I.32 Adherence to single-minded effort enables the practitioner to overcome these impediments.

June Pose: Prasarita Padottanasana, classic arms (Wide Spread Legs Intense Stretch with Classic Arms)

June Sutras:  I.33 Start your journey by cultivating friendliness, compassion, joy and indifference to pleasure and pain. This makes you favorably disposed, serene and benevolent.

July Pose:  Chaturanga Dandasana (4-Footed Staff Pose)

July Sutra: II.1 Burning zeal, self-study and study of scriptures are the tools for overcoming the obstacles. This is kriya yoga.

August Poses: Supta Virasana (Reclined Hero’s Pose) & Adho Mukha Svasana (Dog Pose)

August Sutra: II.3 There are 5 afflictions which disturb the equilibrium of consciousness.

September Pose: Ustrasana (Camel Pose)

September Sutra: II.4 Avidya, lack of spiritual knowledge, is the source of all other obstacles.

October Pose:  Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Lord of Fishes Pose)

October Sutra: I.33 Continue your journey by reinforcing the cultivation of friendliness, compassion, joy and indifference to pleasure and pain. Remember, this makes you favorably disposed, serene and benevolent.

November Pose: Chair Viparita Dandasana (Inverted Staff Pose)

November Sutra: I.20 Practice must be pursued with trust, confidence & vigor to break the complacency. You gotta have faith.

December Pose: Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand dropping back to Bridge Pose) & Chair Salamba Sarvangasana

December Sutra: II.16 Heyam Dukham Anagatam. The suffering yet to come can and should be avoided.