I got a request for a video clip on Baddha Konasana, or Butterfly, so here it is. The openness required deep within both hips joints can make this posture a challenge for many. But with practice and patience the body will open over time. Enjoy.
2. Revolved Side Angle Pose
Ashtanga Yoga Instructor, Kino MacGregor breaks down the method to work on Parsvakonasnaa B, or Revolved Side Angle Pose.
3. Standing Up and Dropping Back
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.
4. How To Deepen your Lotus Position and Open your Hips
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. 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.
6. Healthy Shoulder Alignment in Wide Stance Forward Bend
Ashtanga Yoga Instructor, Kino MacGregor talks about healthy shoulder alignment in Ashtanga Yoga Standing Posture Prasarita Padottanasana C, or Wide Stance Forward Bend Posture.
7. Jump Back from Posture of Marichi
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.
8. Upward Facing Dog
Ashtanga Yoga teacher Kino MacGregor talks you through a safe and effective way to work on Upward Facing Dog position in Ashtanga Yoga.
9. 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.
10. Shoulder Alignment
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.