Both the creation of centering and of the Integration sequence postures should be brief and powerful, seamlessly flowing into the Awakening sequence within the first 2-3 minutes of class. GET THEM MOVING.
The body, drishti, and breath become set into a pattern of alignment, holistically organizing the body. This is where the intentionality of the practice begins, and the practitioner shifts from the head onto the mat and into the body parts.
The Integration sequence begins with a PAUSE, a mental stop-and-drop from the head into the body. This shift is a physical presence-ing and “centering.” The Integration sequence postures allow for this to get accomplished. The instructor’s job is to CAUSE the PAUSE.
Get them moving in the postures, and through verbal cues, you alter the default narrative in their heads, the one they walked in with, running in their minds. The practice is more than just physical. Alter the mind, and you alter the physiology. Alter the body, alter the mind. Finally, join the group together through breath by chanting om three times.
The Poses of the Integration Sequence
Timing of the Integration Sequence
Demos included in this video