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Yoga for HIV/AIDS
by Paula Kout

Primary Sequence of Poses for HIV/AIDS
1. Handstand (Adho Mukha Vrksasana).

2. Peacock pose (Pinca Mayurasana)(optional pose, to be done only if student is strong enough and can perform other poses).

3. Supported downwards dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) (with head supported by a block).

4. Headstand (Sirsasana) (students with neck problems or weakness may try "chair headstand."

5. Inverted staff pose (Viparita Dandasana) (supported with chair).

6. Supported bridge pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana) (supported by setu bandha bench or blocks).

7. Simple cross leg pose (Sukhasana) (leaning forward, head supported by chair).

8. Supported shoulderstand (Salamba Sarvangasana) (use chair under buttocks for support).

9. Supported plow pose (Ardha Halasana) (use chair or halasana bench for support).

10. Legs up the wall (Viparita Karani)(with buttocks supported by blankets or bolsters).

11. Supine bound angle pose (Supta Baddha Konasana)(with back and head supported by blankets or bolsters).

12. Supported relaxation pose (Savasana)(with back and head supported by blankets or bolsters).

Alternate Sequence of Poses for HIV/AIDS
This sequence is for students who should not perform the full inversions, but it can be done by others as well (see cautions above).

1. Supported downwards dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) (with head supported by a block).

2. Supported head/knee forward bend (Janu Sirsasana)(support head with blankets or bolsters).

3. Three part forward bend (Triang Mukhaikapada Pascimottanasana) (support head with blankets or bolsters).

4. Supported half bound lotus forward bend (Ardha Baddha Padma Pascimottanasana)(support head with blankets or bolsters).

5. Seated forward bend, or West stretch (Pascimottanasana)(support head with blankets or bolsters).

6. Supported plow pose (Ardha Halasana) (use chair or halasana bench for support).

7. Supported shoulderstand (Salamba Sarvangasana) (use chair for support).

8. Supported bridge pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana) (supported by setu bandha bench or blocks).

9. Legs up the wall (Viparita Karani) (with buttocks supported by blankets or bolsters).

10. Supine bound angle pose (Supta Baddha Konasana)(with back and head supported by blankets or bolsters).

11. Supported relaxation pose (Savasana)(with back and head supported by blankets or bolsters).

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