Ashtanga Yoga: Primary Series

10 Primary Series Yoga Videos for Yoga Teachers

Leslie Vale • March 17, 2015
Hip Opening Basics on External Rotation
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1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Hand to Big Toe Balancing Posture
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Ashtanga Yoga Instructor, Kino MacGregor shows you how to build solid foundation in Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana, or Hand to Big Toe Posture.
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. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
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. 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. 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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