Yoga Journal

A Fresh Approach To Sequencing

I’VE IDENTIFIED AS a yogi for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I spent more time in ashrams than on playgrounds. I was raised in Boulder, Colorado, but my parents were part of spiritual communities that practiced meditation and bhakti yoga everywhere from upstate New York to India. Many of my childhood memories are of chanting, meditating, and sometimes practicing yoga poses.

From age 14 onward, I delved deeply into Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Anusara yoga practices. In 2003, I created a yoga school. Given my history with very structured yoga systems, people are often surprised when I share that the school's teaching approach—which combines detailed alignment and intelligent sequencing with vinyasa theory—doesn’t require a fixed set of postures or set of specific alignment cues. Instead, my wife, Tracy, and I created the Mazé Method to help teachers and students find what works for their unique bodies in a given moment rather than trying to fit themselves to a particular shape or set of postures.

Our method includes detailed anatomy studies and intelligent sequencing to create classes that are safe. But our workshops and trainings also include yoga philosophy, because we want our students to think critically and to approach their practices with inquiring minds.

SKILLFUL ORDER

Think of the arrangement of poses as your class map, which will vary depending on your abilities (or

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