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.