Ashtanga Yoga: Primary Series

10 Primary Series Yoga Videos for Yoga Instructors

Leslie Vale • March 17, 2015
Hip Opening Basics on External Rotation
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1. Bridge Building Posture
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Ashtanga Yoga Instructor, Kino MacGregor, shows you how to safely and easily enter Setu Bandhasana, or Bridge Building Posture.
2. 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.
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. 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.
5. 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.
6. Backwards Rolling Demonstration
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Ashtanga Yoga Instructor, Kino MacGregor, explains how to work on Chakrasana, backwards rolling, from a seated position.
7. Standing Up and Dropping Back
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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.
8. Core Strength in Boat Posture
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Kino MacGregor shows you how to safely enter Navasana, Boat Posture. When practicing this movement you will find the depth and power comes from the core of the body. Feel how the legs lift naturally and more effortless when integrated to the center of the body.
9. Core Strength in Head to Knee Forward Bend
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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.
10. 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.
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