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Yoga Sequencing: Designing Transformative Yoga Classes presents the essential principles and methods for planning and sequencing yoga classes. Addressing one of the most popular topics in the yoga profession, this book offers sixty-seven model sequences of yoga poses ( asanas) that cover the broad range of yoga student experience, including multiple sequences for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students; yoga for kids, teens, women across the life cycle, and seniors; classes to relieve depression and anxiety; and sequences for each of the major chakras and ayurvedic constitutions. Each sequence provides guidance for teaching the different breathing ( pranayama) and meditation techniques that give yoga its transformative power.

Enhanced with over 2,000 instructional photos and an elaborate guide to the constituent elements of over 150 yoga asanas, the book draws equally from ancient yoga philosophy and contemporary insights into functional anatomy, biomechanics, and kinesiology. The nuanced interrelationships among asanas within and between the seven asana families are explored and the anatomy of opening and stabilizing each pose is explained for sequences designed around specific needs and intentions. A comprehensive appendix includes a glossary of yoga-related terms, an alphabetical asana index with thumbnail photographs of each asana, a class planning worksheet, representative sequences from several popular styles of hatha yoga, and a list of resources for further exploring sequencing and the larger practice of teaching yoga.

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“A must-have for any yoga teacher. … Offering terrific insights on philosophy, practice and pranayama (the three big ‘P’s’), Yoga Sequencing  - while keeping an emphasis on asana practice – nicely compiles these three subjects in an authoritative way.”
Yoga Teacher Magazine

“Mark Stephens has made another enormous contribution to the field of yoga teaching. This book is a deep well that will nourish aspiring as well as seasoned yoga teachers and students. It provides a wealth of practical techniques and invaluable insights, filling a vast gap in the yoga literature. I highly recommend using it as a resource.”
—Ganga White, codirector of White Lotus Foundation and author of Yoga Beyond Belief

“Yoga Sequencing is a great service to the yoga community as it covers the power of sequencing that all teachers can benefit from, as intelligent sequencing is the embodiment of the elegant design and unfolding of nature which Stephens understands and loves.”
—Shiva Rea, founder of Prana Vinyasa Yoga

“Yoga Sequencing is going to be very helpful to a lot of people, both teachers and students alike. Sequencing is an art. It is one of the most interesting and most important elements in class and practice in terms of safety, creative class design, and effectiveness. It plays a pivotal role in terms of orchestrating the kind of experience the practitioner will have. Ultimately you learn to be sequenced from within, but familiarizing yourself with the strategies in this book will go a long way toward promoting that end.”
—Erich Schiffmann, author of Moving into Stillness

“A comprehensive, timely, and much-needed work on the important art of sequencing. Mark’s well-researched and systematically laid-out book is certain to become an instant classic and a reliable resource for all teachers of yoga asana, both beginning and experienced. It is essential reading for any teacher training program that wishes to be considered state-of-the art.”
—Leslie Kaminoff, yoga educator for thirty-three years and coauthor of Yoga Anatomy

"Mark Stephens, a master teacher of teachers, has given us a wise, practical guide that should be in every yoga maven''s library."
—Sally Kempton, author of Meditation for the Love of It

"Moving from philosophy and principles to methodology and technique, Yoga Sequencing gives yoga teachers and students alike a rich resource for designing wide-ranging classes for different intentions, needs, and aspirations."
—Stephen Cope, director of the Kripalu Center and author of The Wisdom of Yoga

Yoga Sequencing addresses fundamental questions that yoga teachers face in designing classes. While making clear that the ultimate source of guidance comes from one’s own yoga experience, Stephens untangles the interrelations of yoga postures and provides insightful mapping principles for linking them into effective classes. This unique, practical book empowers yoga teachers to be their best in working with a diverse array of students.”
—Joel Kramer, coauthor with Diana Alstad of The Guru Papers

“A contemporary yoga classic. As a yoga educator and teacher trainer, the deficiencies I see in trainings nationally and worldwide are largely one of substance. There’s no lack of heart and spirit in the field, but there is a notable lack of depth and educational content. This text should be required reading in all yoga teacher training schools and by all serious practitioners. Needless to say, Stephens is driven by an intense passion to enrich the transmission between teacher and student with new clarity and a three-dimensional understanding of the yoga body that is unequalled. Thank you Mark.”
—James Bailey, LAc, E-RYT 500, health educator
 
“A thoughtful, detailed, and unique treatment of the art of sequencing and the power held within each living expression of this practice of yoga.”
—Janet Stone, yoga teacher, Yoga Tree, San Francisco
 
“Mark Stephens provides a comprehensive map for the creative exploration and construction of yoga classes that cover a breadth and depth of options. This meticulous matrix will certainly advance any yoga teacher’s service to their students’ practice.”
Jill Miller, creator of Yoga Tune Up®

About the Author

The author of Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundations & Techniques (North Atlantic Books, 2010), Mark Stephens has practiced yoga for over 20 years and has taught yoga full time since 1996. The founder of Yoga Inside Foundation, L.A. Yoga Center and Santa Cruz Yoga, Stephens has trained over 1,000 yoga teachers. 

At Yoga Inside Foundation, he trained and supported yoga teachers in over 300 alternative settings across the U.S. and Canada; he received Yoga Journal''s 1st Annual Karma Yoga Award in 2000 for this work.

Prior to teaching yoga, Stephens was a doctoral fellow at UCLA in comparative and historical sociology and taught for many years in college (UCLA, L.A. City College, UC Santa Cruz) and alternative education. His writings, interviews, commentaries, quotes and quips have appeared in Yoga Journal, Yoga International, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, People, Health, Huffington Post, Elephant Jounral and other online and print media. 

Stephens conducts yoga teacher training programs worldwide and produces instructional materials for yoga trainers, yoga teachers and yoga students.

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Robyn W
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LOVE the Yoga Book!
Reviewed in the United States on October 11, 2017
I bought this book while still in yoga teacher training and it was and continues to be a superb reference book. Now a fully certified yoga teacher, I use this book often when designing a particular class. If you''re in yoga teacher training this is a valuable resource but... See more
I bought this book while still in yoga teacher training and it was and continues to be a superb reference book. Now a fully certified yoga teacher, I use this book often when designing a particular class. If you''re in yoga teacher training this is a valuable resource but I''m sure you''ll refer back to it as you grow in your practice.
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Christopher Emmett
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Redundant for me.
Reviewed in the United States on July 23, 2017
This is a big thick book. Very redundant for me. I mostly wanted some good firm sequences that I could pick from. The majority of this book was on principles for sequencing and suggestions on all the other aspects of instructing yoga. So much of this was already in Mark... See more
This is a big thick book. Very redundant for me. I mostly wanted some good firm sequences that I could pick from. The majority of this book was on principles for sequencing and suggestions on all the other aspects of instructing yoga. So much of this was already in Mark Stephens''s book "Teaching Yoga". There are no alternating unilateral vinyasa flow sequences. There is always Sun Salutation promps and then it''s a a sequence of "this pose, then this pose," simple like the way ashtanga is, holding them for a minute or longer. One side then the other. I already often practice like this. I want more creative movement flows that help my inflexible students loosen up, like what I see other studios do. I wish I could return this but it''s too late for Amazon. There really wasn''t free returns with Prime. Even the Amazon drop boxes had charges
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JaneG
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Slightly dated in my opinion
Reviewed in the United States on October 29, 2020
While the information was extensive and much was helpful, I felt this was slightly dated. (I do acknowledge that this version was published in 2012) I felt that many of the sequences did not provide adequate warmup and that many sequences were not appropriate for... See more
While the information was extensive and much was helpful, I felt this was slightly dated. (I do acknowledge that this version was published in 2012) I felt that many of the sequences did not provide adequate warmup and that many sequences were not appropriate for beginners or even intermediate yoga students. Much information has been published over the past 8 years about injuries sustained doing some of the more aggressive poses; hence, this was not as helpful as I''d hoped.
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Recommend this! Righteous!
Reviewed in the United States on December 19, 2017
Currently in yoga teacher training and I love this book so much! I bought another another and gifted it to a friend. I recommend this to someone who is serious about teaching, there''s a lot of outstanding material. Very helpful for aspiring teachers to create personalized,... See more
Currently in yoga teacher training and I love this book so much! I bought another another and gifted it to a friend. I recommend this to someone who is serious about teaching, there''s a lot of outstanding material. Very helpful for aspiring teachers to create personalized, righteous flows!
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Sunny May Ray
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I''m in love with the the clarity of the sequences that I ...
Reviewed in the United States on March 7, 2018
Dr. Mark Stephens knows how to design a user friendly book thanks to his academic background. I''m in love with the the clarity of the sequences that I can implement in my practices right away. The reason why I bought this book was because I earned my yoga certification... See more
Dr. Mark Stephens knows how to design a user friendly book thanks to his academic background. I''m in love with the the clarity of the sequences that I can implement in my practices right away. The reason why I bought this book was because I earned my yoga certification through an awesome correspondence school online (Aura Wellness Center) and they suggested Dr. Stephens to explore more sequences targeted to different yoga levels, age groups, and women''s stages of life. The book even offers sequences to balance each Chakra!
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BH
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Great book
Reviewed in the United States on October 27, 2015
I am a yoga teacher who is always looking for sound sequences for my classes. I attend a friend''s classes and she has great sequences for the classes. She told me she gets many of them from this book so I bought it. This book is awesome. He not only gives good suggestions... See more
I am a yoga teacher who is always looking for sound sequences for my classes. I attend a friend''s classes and she has great sequences for the classes. She told me she gets many of them from this book so I bought it. This book is awesome. He not only gives good suggestions but he also gives the theory behind his sequences. Every yoga teacher should have this book.
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Elena Foucher
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A beautifully written and very informative book.
Reviewed in the United States on March 22, 2018
When I re-started teaching yoga I realized I wanted to get a better grasp on sequencing. This book, and the The Mark Stephens Yoga Sequencing Deck that goes with it, were incredibly helpful and I can see that as my knowledge grows so will my... See more
When I re-started teaching yoga I realized I wanted to get a better grasp on sequencing. This book, and the The Mark Stephens Yoga Sequencing Deck that goes with it, were incredibly helpful and I can see that as my knowledge grows so will my understanding of the concepts. There is a lot of useful information here and I''m glad to have it!

I would appreciate a bit of simplicity in some places, and as a writer and teacher myself I know that we have to constantly balance the information we give between the needs of beginners and more advanced students. A beautifully written and very informative book. Thanks for writing it!
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J. Siporin
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What''s Not To LOVE?
Reviewed in the United States on September 5, 2013
This is a well-thought out and very practical book. It includes equencing for beginning, intermediate, & advanced classes, each level has options for different focus: back bends, hip opening, twists, balances, inversions, forward bends. Other chapters include... See more
This is a well-thought out and very practical book. It includes equencing for beginning, intermediate, & advanced classes, each level has options for different focus: back bends, hip opening, twists, balances, inversions, forward bends. Other chapters include Core-Awakening, Yoga for Kids, Special Conditions of Women (including pregnancy at different stages), Yoga for Seniors, Chakra sequences, Ayurvedic sequencing... Lots of pictures of sequences, tables w/ cues, lists w/ bullet points, poses listing muscles to awaken & strengthen/ stretch & poses to do to prepare for that pose. The appendix has sequence templates for various styles of yoga. As a beginning yoga teacher, this book has been very helpful!
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msmiley1
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great for practitioners with a self/home practice and teachers who ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 19, 2017
...great for practitioners with a self/home practice and teachers who are a little newer as it offers ideas for how to sequence not only that but cueing techniques that are succinct and easy to follow. There is an assumption that the reader has an understanding of Sankrit...See more
...great for practitioners with a self/home practice and teachers who are a little newer as it offers ideas for how to sequence not only that but cueing techniques that are succinct and easy to follow. There is an assumption that the reader has an understanding of Sankrit so much so that there are dosha balancing sequences! Personally I found it interesting because I know what my dosha is and I have a keen interest in Ayurveda being a teacher. Having said that, the book is well illustrated so even if the language didn''t translate; it becomes apparent in the visual and cuing instructions - I would recommend this book to people who already have a yoga practice or a new teacher who is building creative class plans. I found it really useful in my first few years of teaching and dip in and out of it every now and again...it''s not the kind of book you want to carry about - its quite heavy. so definitely one for the sofa...
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Little Lottie 1234
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A must have resource for new yoga teachers.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 28, 2016
Wow, what a fantastic resource for the recently graduated yoga teacher, or those who are experienced but looking to refresh and get some new ideas. Pro''s: It''s extensive, in-depth, organised coherently, and written with teachers in mind Con''s: Because of the wealth of...See more
Wow, what a fantastic resource for the recently graduated yoga teacher, or those who are experienced but looking to refresh and get some new ideas. Pro''s: It''s extensive, in-depth, organised coherently, and written with teachers in mind Con''s: Because of the wealth of information, it''s not a book you can quickly dip into. This book is far larger and thicker than I anticipated, there is a wealth of information here for the serious student. I initially was unsure about spending this amount on a book, but there is so much to be gained from it, it''s worth every penny. I very much enjoyed the no nonsense writing style, informative and backed up with credible anatomical information. Whilst touching upon all limbs of yoga, the focus is very much on the 3rd limb, the Asanas. I would recommend this book to those who have some understanding of yoga already, particularly those who have graduated or are in the process of completing a teacher training programme. There is an assumption you already have an awareness of Sanskrit and yoga in general, though there are very clear and helpful diagrams throughout. The book is divided into sections addressing all the different classes you might encounter. Beginners, Intermediate, advanced, children, elders, pregnancy and more. In all honesty, I expected a book I could dip into, and find a quick lesson plan in an emergency. This isn''t that, and it''s too weighty and extensive for that. It requires a thorough read, and then a re-read to cherry pick the useful parts, and adapt to what you feel comfortable teaching. Which isn''t a bad thing, you are certainly getting your money''s worth. However, if you are serious about investing in your practice, this is the book to go for. I''ve been to too many yoga classes that have been haphazardly designed, with no thought to why we are doing a particular posture, in a particular order. I hope this book, and it''s rightful inclusion as expected reading on many YTT programmes will go some way to remedy that.
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Canhill
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Excellent resource
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 29, 2019
This is an amazing resource on my teacher training. It is a massive book, much thicker than I was expecting and is going to take a while to throughly read through- which I expect I will need to to gain the most from it. It’s not a quick here’s a lesson plan type of book...See more
This is an amazing resource on my teacher training. It is a massive book, much thicker than I was expecting and is going to take a while to throughly read through- which I expect I will need to to gain the most from it. It’s not a quick here’s a lesson plan type of book however I think once I have read through it and marked up the sections it will become one of my go too books for reference. I already had Mark Stephens ‘Teaching Yoga’ which is also marvellous and as with that book this one assumes you have some Sanskrit knowledge. It’s not a problem though if you haven’t learnt all the terminology yet though, I simply went through with a pencil and wrote in the English names. I can erase them as I learn the Sanskrit. In short, it’s a weighty volume full of great knowledge and advice. Highly recommend.
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Sould
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Good for teacher trainers and teachers
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 11, 2021
Arrived on 2 days ago. I''ve bought a lot of Yog books during this year of teacher training I suspect this one will be the one I go to most. It looks like a very helpful resource for planning sequences. I tend to mull over my sequences for a day or two, visualise them while...See more
Arrived on 2 days ago. I''ve bought a lot of Yog books during this year of teacher training I suspect this one will be the one I go to most. It looks like a very helpful resource for planning sequences. I tend to mull over my sequences for a day or two, visualise them while commuting or when doing everyday chores, now I''ve got this book I can get the sequences down with the assurance that the outline is safe and beneficial to my students and their progression through my class, and I can visualise the transitions, the humour I want to bring it, how and where to put in bit of personality. The index is great as well because the poses are all in sanskrit, so just looking for Trikonasana and I couldnt find it led me to "utthita trikonasana" - ah right, okay. So over time I''ll get to know the sanskrit names which is good if you''re planning to teach.
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Good description of posture and sequencing diary pages.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 20, 2020
Good description of posture and sequencing diary pages. I thought the images could have been much bigger as there was a lot of empty space on the page with a large border, images were also quite dark so not as pleasing to the eye. Of course it would be expensive but colour...See more
Good description of posture and sequencing diary pages. I thought the images could have been much bigger as there was a lot of empty space on the page with a large border, images were also quite dark so not as pleasing to the eye. Of course it would be expensive but colour images would have been really clear and easy to decipher. But over all a very good compendium.
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