Around the world in 40 asana

First of all, let me start by saying I’m sorry it’s been while since I’ve posted anything on my website. I’ve been very busy with my teacher training and I started a new job in The Hague. Also it’s a new year, full of exciting ideas and plans for 2019, that have stopped me from sitting down and taking the time to write.

But here I am, February 2019, and I am very happy to announce that me not sitting down to write has resulted in a slight change plans that you will hopefully love. I have decided to make my ‘travel the world and practice yoga everywhere I go’ approach a little bit more specific. So, instead of just traveling the world, doing random yoga poses I like, I will travel the world in 40 asana that are part of the Asthanga Yoga practice.

Around the world in 40 asana

So why the 40 asana? Well, these are the poses I’ve been working hard on during my teacher training. Together they form a beautiful modified Ashtanga Vinyasa practice, that’s accessible to yogi’s who’ve just started practicing, yet also challenging for more advanced yogi’s. It’s a series of poses that is based on the primary series of Ashtanga Yoga and it’ll be the foundation of what I’ll be teaching in my future classes.

I will break down all the poses for you on NAMASTE YOUR WAY (based on what I’m learning during my teacher training), so you can easily practice them yourself. I will address all modifications, alignment issues and other things you should be aware of and share about the place the picture of the specific asana is taken in.

So, I’ll still be traveling the world doing yoga, but now the poses I do will be in a specific order that allows you to build up your own practice, allowing you to do yoga anywhere you like. To me, this is a beautiful way of combining my love for traveling the world with my love for (teaching) yoga. I will learn even more about yoga by explaining it to you on this website and hopefully you will be able to use some of my pointers and get inspired to travel and practice yoga everywhere you go as well!

The 40 asana

Now that the plan is clear, let me explain the order of the asana, so you know what you’re in for and I’m up to:

  1. Padmasana (lotus pose): at home, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  2. Marjarysana and Bitilasana (cat-cow pose)
  3. Tadasana (mountain pose)
  4. Uttanasana (standing forward bend pose)
  5. Phalakasana (high plank pose)
  6. Chatturanga Dandasana (four-limbed staff pose)
  7. Bhujangasana (cobra pose)
  8. Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (upward-facing dog pose): 
  9. Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward-facing dog pose)
  10. Utkatasana (chair pose)
  11. Anjaneyasana (low lunge pose)
  12. Virabhadrasana I (warrior I)
  13. Virabhadrsana II (warrior II)
  14. Viparita Virabhadrasana (reversed warrior pose)
  15. Padangusthasana (big toe pose)
  16. Padahastasana (gorilla pose)
  17. Utthita Trikonasana (triangle pose)
  18. Parivritta Trikonasana (revolved triangle pose)
  19. Utthita Parsvakonasana (extended side angle pose)
  20. Parivritta Parsvakonasana (revolved side angle pose)
  21. Prasarita Padottasana (standing wide-legged forward bend pose)
  22. Parsvottanasana (intense side stretch pose)
  23. Vrksasana (tree pose)
  24. Virabhadrasana III (warrior III)
  25. Dandasana (staff pose)
  26. Paschimottanasana (seated forward bend pose)
  27. Purvottanasana (upward plank pose)
  28. Janu Sirsasana (head-to-knee forward bend pose)
  29. Marichyasana A & C (Marichi’s pose)
  30. Navasana (boat pose)
  31. Bakasana (crow pose)
  32. Baddha Konasana A, B and C (bound angle pose)
  33. Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (bridge pose)
  34. Urdhva Dhanurasana (wheel pose)
  35. Salamba Sarvangasana (shoulder stand pose)
  36. Halasana (plow pose)
  37. Matsyasana (fish pose)
  38. Sirsasana (headstand pose)
  39. Savasana (corpse pose)
  40. Sukhasana (easy pose)

After having completed this whole series I hope you and I have both learned a lot, seen some amazing places and experienced the true beauty of yoga over and over again.

I invite you to join me on my journey around the world in 40 asana and to take and share pictures and stories about your version of the pose that’s topic of my blog at that time. 40 asana, 40 pictures, but hopefully many more stories about us experiencing the beauty of yoga anywhere around the world. Together we can write a story that inspires and encourages others on both their journeys in- and outward. Ready to flip the first page?