1. 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.
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. 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.
4. How to Use Your Feet to Balance
Balance on the foot comes from using the foot like a tripod. Press into the base of the big toe, the base of the little toe and the heel. Connect the pressure downward with a lift into the pelvic floor. Avoid scrunching your toes and instead just press into the solid foundation underneath.
5. Core Strength in Head to Knee Forward Bend
Ashtanga Yoga Instructor, Kino MacGregor show you how to use the core strength and the bandhas to safely forward bend in Janu Sirsasana A, or Head to Knee Forward Bend, from the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga. Alexandra Santos demonstrates how to externally rotate the hip joint while using the bandhas to safely forward bend, working two directions in the body.
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. Proper Alignment in Triangle Pose
Ashtanga Yoga Instructor, Kino MacGregor goes over the best alignment for Triangle posture, known in Sanskrit as Trikonasana from the Standing Postures in the Ashtanga Yoga method.
8. Float Forward from Downward Dog to Handstand
Learn how to float in handstand or half-handstand position in a sun salutation. When you jump forward from downward dog to standing or uttanasana, you have a chance to catch a little air and find the balance. Remember to jump your hips over the solid foundation of the arms and think forward to get the floaty sensation. Inhale as you jump forward, have faith and fun.
9. Forearm Headstand Balance Strengthening
Ashtanga Yoga teacher Kino MacGregor shows you how to strengthen your shoulder for headstand and forearm balance, known in Sanskrit as Sirsasana and Pinchamayurasana. Keep the solid the foundation of the shoulders fully in place to support the neck.
10. Strong Core & Strong Mind
These are some core strengthening and upper body building movements that help you feel the articulation of a flexed spine. I would recommend this as a warm up or an afternoon research movement, not in place of the actual yoga practice. Doing movements like these can really help you to move your body with strength and ease.