Bandhas, otherwise known as locks within the body, are located along the central spine and control the movement of energy. With Ashtanga yoga expert Kino MacGregor’s guidance, you can cultivate the muscles of the bandhas to heighten your awareness of the spine, increase flexibility within the body, and stabilize increased mobility with critical muscle engagement. For this Grokker Premium video, you will need a comfortable seated position and a calm mind that is ready to delve into the inner spaces of the body. To elevate your practice, check out the rest of Kino’s Insight Yoga series.
2. Headstand Tutorial: How to Enter Headstand
Inversions create a powerful way to restore energy in the body, reverse blood flow, and stabilize the core. When you begin your inversion practice, it is important to focus on stability in the shoulders and find a straight vertical line with the core strength of your body. In this Grokker Premium video, Ashtanga yoga expert Kino MacGregor will help you to explore a basic sirsasana headstand from a traditional perspective, with bent knees and straight legs, and show you how to get into and out of a tripod headstand. For more ways to elevate your practice, watch all of the videos in the Insight Yoga series.
3. Legs Behind the Head: A Beginner's Guide for Advanced Poses
Placing your legs behind your head is a foundation for many asanas. Once you get this principle fully established, you’ll be able to go deeper into many yoga postures. Using Kino MacGregor’s expert advice in this Grokker Premium video, you will be able to break this principle down into its most basic and fundamental aspects. With patience and with practice, you will succeed. For more ways to elevate your practice, watch the rest of Kino’s Insight Yoga series.
4. Kapotasana Tutorial: Master this Powerful Backbend Pose
Kapotasana is a powerful backbend that utilizes every muscle of your body. Prepare for radical heart opening while safely integrating the bandhas and inner thigh strength, and discover how to bring your advanced backbending postures to the next level. With the help of Kino MacGregor, a certified Ashtanga yoga expert, and plenty of practice, you will be able to perform the deep backbend posture in this Grokker Premium video. For more information on elevating your practice, check out the full Insight Yoga series.
5. Standing Up and Dropping Back
Ashtanga Yoga Instructor, Kino MacGregor, shows you how to safely enter backbends from standing, dropping back and coming back up with ease and grace. Build the strength needed to move safely into this challenging movement.
6. Proper Alignment in Chair Posture
Ashtanga Yoga teacher Kino MacGregor talks about proper alignment in Utkatasana, or Chair Posture. Be careful not to pooch the lower belly out, but keep it drawn in to support the spine. Lift the spine out of the pelvis and press down into the solid foundation of the legs.
7. How To Deepen your Lotus Position and Open your Hips
Getting into a tight lotus position will help many postures in the Ashtanga Yoga method. Learn how to safely enter a tight lotus by opening your hips even more, increasing the external rotation of the hips joints with Kino MacGregor.
8. Balancing Lotus Position
A viewer from Taiwan asked me to share tips on how to get the legs through in Garba Pindasana, or Embryo in the Womb Pose. The student said that he felt like his legs were too big to get his hands through. Many people feel just like this. Check out the clip to see some tips and tricks on how find the space to wiggle your hands through in Garbha Pindasana.
9. Jump Back from Posture of Marichi
Ashtanga Yoga Instructor, Kino MacGregor, shows you how to safely and effectively work Marichyasna A, or Posture of Marichi, from the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series.
10. Jumping In & Out of Arm Pressure Posture
Ashtanga Yoga Instructor, Kino MacGregor, describes the process of learning Buja Pidasana from the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga. The complete movement involves jumping into the posture and full jumping back.