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Water Light Sequence: a Harmonious Combination of the Elements

In this post, Kate Potter discusses her creative journey in creating the Water Light Sequence.
This post is part of Sadhana, a 26-week exploration of each of the Namaste Yoga sequences. It’s never too late to join! All that is required is to try a new Namaste sequence each week – and don’t forget to post about your experiences to be entered in our monthly contests. Read all the Sadhana posts here or connect with others participating in Sadhana on our Facebook wall.

Kate Potter says that Water Light practice is one of her very favorite of all the Namaste Yoga sequences. So much so, that she often teaches it on her weekend retreats! Kate says the practice is one of the most versatile in the series, suitable for all fitness and experience levels, and if you are familiar with Ayurveda, all doshas as well.

"Water Light could be called a tridoshic practice," Kate says. "It really demonstrates the use of all the elements."

Kate says you don't need to be able to roll back into plough pose to benefit from this practice. It can be modified to suit the needs of the practitioner. Those who are able to attain the posture will find a lot of satisfaction.

"If you can get the roll back move, it is as easy as light dancing on water," Kate explains. "The movement from earth to sky is simply a roll of breath."

Another interesting facet to the sequence is the initial "tap back" motion of the arms. The process of reaching the arms behind the head to tap, then extending skywards is not formally named, but does have a useful purpose.

"The arms are meant to be straight when we lift them above us in an asana," Kate says. "If you never get the triceps to really work at extension, they will never know their full power. The tap back is a really good way to achieve this firm extension."

The slower pacing of the sequence creates a perfect moment to improve your ability to move fluidly from the floor, to seated and standing. This is a strength building practice that relies on structure: using the feet, knees, hips and abdominals all in parallel lines to accomplish each pose. This uniquely crafted sequence creates a flow that is suitable for all Ayurvedic constitutions.

"There is chest lifting, which pacifies kapha," Kate says. "Forward folding in a seated pose pacifies pitta and all the slow, solid structure is great for vatas."





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