Sutras and Poses

2019 Monthly Yoga Poses and Sutras

Theme of the Year “Achieve Stability Through Mobility”

Pose of the Year: Surya Namaskarasana – Sun Salutations

January Poses: Tadasana, Namaskarasna, Urdvha Hastasana

January Sutra: 1.2 Yoga is the cessation of the movements of the consciousness.


February Poses: Uttanasana & Ardha Chandrasana

February Sutra: 1.3 & 1.4 – Sometimes the seer identifies with stability, and sometimes the seer identifies with mobility.


March Pose: Adho Mukha Svanasana

March Sutra: 1.12 – Practice and Detachment are the means to still the movements of consciousness.


April Pose: Chaturanga Dandasana

April Sutra: I.14 – Long, uninterrupted, alert practice is the firm foundation for restraining the fluctuations.


May Pose: Urdva Mukha Svanasana

May Sutra: II.46 Sthira Sukham Asanam – Asana is perfect firmness of body, steadiness of intelligence and benevolence of spirit.


June Pose: Urdvha Prasarita Padasana

June Sutras: II.47 – Perfection in an asana is achieved when the effort to perform it becomes effortless and the infinite being within is reached.


July Pose: Sirsasana

July Sutra: III.37 – Through yoga practice, the senses of perception become highly acute AND III.49 – Through mastery over the senses of perception, the Self perceives directly and quickly, and sense gratification is subdued.


August Pose: Adho Mukha Vrksasana

August Sutra: II.5 – Avidya (not seeing) is mistaking the transient for the permanent, the impure for the pure, pain for pleasure, and that which is not the self for the self.


September Pose: Navasana

September Sutra: II.48 – When effortless effort is achieved, the sadhaka is undisturbed by dualities.


October Pose: Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana

October Sutra: II.33 – Pratipaksa Bhavanam – The principles that prevent yama and niyama are to be countered with right knowledge and awareness.


November Pose: Marychiasana III

November Sutra: II.16 – Heyam Dukham Anagatam – the suffering yet to come can and should be avoided.


December Pose: Parsva Halasana

December Sutra: 1.48 – When consciousness dwells in wisdom, a truth-bearing state of direct spiritual perception dawns.