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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Revolved Side Angle Pose
Ashtanga Yoga Instructor, Kino MacGregor breaks down the method to work on Parsvakonasnaa B, or Revolved Side Angle Pose.
5. 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.
6. Forearm Headstand Balance Strengthening
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.
7. Backwards Rolling Demonstration
Ashtanga Yoga Instructor, Kino MacGregor, explains how to work on Chakrasana, backwards rolling, from a seated position.
8. Core Strength in Boat Posture
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.