Beginning Primary Series

Kate ODonnell

The 41 asanas of the primary series are a sequence designed to improve strength and flexibility, and to purify the blood and digestive organs. That’s a lot of postures, and traditionally, they are learned one-by-one. In this way, the next posture is not attempted until the student can perform the previous asana, maintaining rhythmic breathing. This practice warms you up with sun salutations, standing postures, and then details just the first 6 asana of the primary series and the “jump backs” between them. Practice concludes with backbending, 3 seated postures, and rest.