When I was making sure I was spelling the names of poses from Second Series correctly, I used the handy ashtangayoga.info site as my reference.
And while there, for the first time, I noticed that it has the standing or fundamental poses end after Parshvottanasana. First Series begins with Utthita Hasta Padangushthasana.
I’ve always thought of Dandasana as being the intro, so to speak, to First. Although I know that Parshvottanasana often is where folks “split” if they are going to do a longer practice involved Second and maybe more poses.
So… I’ve looked around (not being at home to check Yoga Mala; Update: It just runs through the standing and seated poses, which I had forgotten) and I see a David Swenson poster that just includes all of the poses as “Primary”; there are a few more that seem to follow its lead; there are others that delineate between the “standing” sequence and the “seated” one; a Matthew Sweeney poster also seems to just group all of it together; there’s a David Williams “complete” poster that groups standing and Primary together, but it seems like more of a design choice than anything else. And there’s one with Sharath on it — but I can’t find a clear enough image to see if it delineates things in a particular way.
Anyone out there especially insistent on when Primary begins? Do you feel like it matters? As I’ve said, I am 99% sure I’ve always been taught the Dandasana is the first pose.
Posted by Steve