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. 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.
2. 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.
3. Stretches to Deepen Backbends
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Here are some easy yoga movements and stretches that will help your back open. I like to do these in the mornings before I start my yoga practice when I feel tight before the practice or in the afternoon if I go for a long walk or a bike ride and my hips feel tight. When doing these movements pay careful attention to the technique and build both the strength and flexibility to support healthy deep backbends in yoga.
4. Hand to Big Toe Balancing Posture
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Ashtanga Yoga Instructor, Kino MacGregor shows you how to build solid foundation in Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana, or Hand to Big Toe Posture.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Strong Core & Strong Mind
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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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
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