Ashtanga Yoga: Primary Series

10 Primary Series Yoga Videos for Yoga Sequencing

Leslie Vale • May 13, 2015
Hip Opening Basics on External Rotation
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1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
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. 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.
9. How to Use Your Feet to Balance
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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.
10. Open Hips in Butterfly Pose
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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.
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