Ashtanga Yoga: Primary Series

10 Primary Series Yoga Videos for Teaching Yoga

Leslie Perryman • May 13, 2015
Hip Opening Basics on External Rotation
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1. Twisting for Ashtanga Beginners
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Ashtanga Yoga Instructor, Kino MacGregor discusses the technical and anatomical foundations of Marichyasana C in the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series. One easy tool is the simple seated twisting posture called Marichasana C. All Marichasana postures are named after the great sage Marichi. This posture is the third variation and it cleanses the digestive system, opens the muscles along the back and shoulders, helps build a deeper awareness of the essential breath-bandha connection and encourages the life energy rise along the central column of the subtle body.
2. Revolved Side Angle Pose
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Ashtanga Yoga Instructor, Kino MacGregor breaks down the method to work on Parsvakonasnaa B, or Revolved Side Angle Pose.
3. Balancing Lotus Position
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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.
4. How To Deepen your Lotus Position and Open your Hips
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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.
5. Shoulder Alignment
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Healthy placement and use of the shoulders is crucial to developing a strong structural foundation. Downward facing dog is a great position to learn this ideal alignment. Follow a simple exercise to strengthen your shoulders and build the upper body strength needed for arm balances and inversions and healthy shoulders.
6. Proper Alignment in Triangle Pose
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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.
7. Safely Get Into Full Lotus Position
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The key for beginners to safely get into Padmasana, or Full Lotus Pose, is to keep the knee joint as closed as possible while targeting as much rotation in the hip joints as possible.
8. Float Forward from Downward Dog to Handstand
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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. Upward Facing Dog
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Ashtanga Yoga teacher Kino MacGregor talks you through a safe and effective way to work on Upward Facing Dog position in Ashtanga Yoga.
10. Forearm Headstand Balance Strengthening
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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.
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