*Disclaimer: this is not THE way or the ONLY way to sequence. It's just how I do it & by no means am I criticising if you do any different. No 1 flow is for everyone <3
How I sequence a Flow compared to a Hatha/Power based class is different. This is not to be confused with Power Vinyasa. A Flow for me is a class that is like a river - continuous. There's no stopping to go to a wall, no stopping for partner work. It is simply applying what you know into a Flow where each movement easily transitions to the next. Kind of like a dance & thus does require an amount of creativity but it's not my main intention to be creative. My intention is still to be able to progress a student through a series of poses that will help them gain more accessibility to a “Bigger” pose.
First within my themes I pick a peak pose: Ex, Revolved Bird Of Paradise
This is not an easy pose but through sequencing layers it can help a student understand what is necessary to “achieve” it. But again achieving is beyond the point.
Revolved BOP requires: Deep torso twist, hip compression, open hamstrings, quad strength to stand up & straighten top leg, open shoulders for the bind.
An important question to ask yourself when sequencing is: Why am I inserting this pose?
Is it because it is functional? It's beautiful? It's a cool transition? All thoughts and opinions valid btw. But important to priorities functionality & prep over beauty. What looks good doesn't always feel good.
Thank you to those who have inspired me to write this blog post!