Ashtanga Yoga: Primary Series

10 Primary Series Yoga Videos for Yoga Instructors

Leslie Perryman • March 17, 2015
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1. Healthy Shoulder Alignment in Wide Stance Forward Bend
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Ashtanga Yoga Instructor, Kino MacGregor talks about healthy shoulder alignment in Ashtanga Yoga Standing Posture Prasarita Padottanasana C, or Wide Stance Forward Bend Posture.
2. Jump Back from Posture of Marichi
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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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Hip Opening Basics on External Rotation
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Locating the hip joint is crucial for entering complex postures. Start off my finding the trochanter major and then stabilizing the pelvis. Once you learn how to drop the trochanter back and down you will find easy hip rotation. Keep this movement in the hip socket and out of the knee for healthy range of motion.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. Backwards Rolling Demonstration
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Ashtanga Yoga Instructor, Kino MacGregor, explains how to work on Chakrasana, backwards rolling, from a seated position.
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