Ashtanga Yoga: Second Series

10 Second Series Yoga Videos for Teaching Yoga

Leslie Perryman • May 13, 2015
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1. Intermediate Twisting Squat
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Ashtanga Yoga Instructor, Kino MacGregor, breaks down the movements needed to get into Pasasana, an intermediate twisting squat pose which is the first posture of the Second Series of Ashtanga Yoga. This twisting movement is a challenge for many students and offers great lessons in terms of both flexibility and strength.
2. Preparation for Core Strength Firefly Pose
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This video presents a core strength movement that would help prepare the body for Tittibhasana, or Firefly Pose, in Ashtanga Yoga Second Series.
3. Ashtanga Headstand Techniques
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Ashtanga Yoga Instructor, Kino MacGregor shows you an easy way to work on headstand. By breaking down this movement into simple steps anyone can learn to balance on their head. Starting off with a solid foundation you transfer the weight of your body forward and allow the upward motion to happen. Please remember to be patient with yourself.
4. Locust Pose
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Certified Ashtanga Yoga teacher shows you how to safely enter Shalabasana, or Locust Pose, a Second Series Backbend from the Ashtanga Yoga method.
5. Placing Legs Behind Your Head in Pretzel Arm Balance
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Ashtanga Yoga Instructor, Kino MacGregor, demonstrates putting both legs behind the head for Dwi Pada Sirsasana, or as you may know as the Pretzel. Be careful to use the full external rotation of your hip joints to enter the posture, while strengthening the back and neck to support the legs.
6. Building Strength to Jump Back from Crow Posture
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Ashtanga Yoga Instructor, Kino MacGregor, shows you how to build strength to jump back from Bakasana, or Crow posture.
7. Second Series Backbending, Parsva Dhanurasana
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Certified Ashtanga Yoga teacher shows you how to safely enter Parsva Dhanurasana, a Second Series Backbend from the Ashtanga Yoga method with Ana Guerra demonstrating the move.
8. Jumping In To Crow Posture, Bakasana
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Ashtanga Yoga Instructor, Kino MacGregor shows you how to jump into Bakasana or crow posture. This is a challenging movement broken down into smaller, easier movements that will increase your strength over time to be able to do the full transition. Remember that strength is a lifelong spiritual journey that cannot be rushed--enjoy the process.
9. Safely Get In & Out of Pigeon Backbend
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Kino MacGregor goes over healthy shoulder alignment in deep backbends and shows you to how to work on Kapotasana, the great gateway posture of the Intermediate Series of Ashtanga Yoga.
10. Strong Legs and Healthy Backbend in Thunderbolt Posture
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Ashtanga Yoga Instructor, Kino MacGregor shows you how to build the strength needed for healthy backbends and to enter Laghu Vajrasana, or Thunderbolt posture. If you feel your thighs and legs burning when doing this you know you are on the right track. For this posture it does not necessarily help if you are flexible because this is all about building strength.
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