Bali seal sequence (or vajrasana as it’s referred to in Viniyoga) is a wonderful sequence to mobilize the spine and warm up the back, neck, shoulders, and hips.

However, if kneeling isn’t possible, or if your hips don’t sit on your heels in a kneeling position, the sequence done in a traditional way will just not work for you. In my body, I have an abundance of flesh in my thighs and calves that makes hips-to-heels just not possible. This means my center of gravity is off and the second part of this sequence (which looks a lot like child’s pose) needs to be performed a different way.

In this video, I’ll show you how to do Bali seal sequence (or vajrasana in Viniyoga) for folks in bigger bodies.

Benefits of vajrasana / Bali seal sequence

This pose is a simple way to mobilize the spine which prepares us for many other yoga poses. This sequence helps to get the blood flowing, bring warmth to the body, and the synovial fluid warms up in the joints which keeps them nourished and happy. It also is a great meditative sequence to connect breath with movement.

Personalizing Bali seal (vajrasana) for your body

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