Ashtanga Yoga: Primary Series

10 Primary Series Yoga Videos for Yoga Sequencing

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. Backwards Rolling Demonstration
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Ashtanga Yoga Instructor, Kino MacGregor, explains how to work on Chakrasana, backwards rolling, from a seated position.
3. Jumping In & Out of Arm Pressure Posture
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Ashtanga Yoga Instructor, Kino MacGregor, describes the process of learning Buja Pidasana from the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga. The complete movement involves jumping into the posture and full jumping back.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
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. 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. 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.
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