This video presents a core strength movement that would help prepare the body for Tittibhasana, or Firefly Pose, in Ashtanga Yoga Second Series.
2. Placing Legs Behind Your Head in Pretzel Arm Balance
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.
3. Second Series Backbending, Parsva Dhanurasana
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.
4. Strong Legs and Healthy Backbend in Thunderbolt Posture
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.
5. Locust Pose
Certified Ashtanga Yoga teacher shows you how to safely enter Shalabasana, or Locust Pose, a Second Series Backbend from the Ashtanga Yoga method.
6. Safely Get In & Out of Pigeon Backbend
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.
7. Proper Alignment in Camel Pose
This is one the easiest postures in Second Series. Practicing it with healthy alignment will set you up for the deeper backbends.
8. Proper Alignment for Bow Pose
Certified Ashtanga Yoga teacher shows you how to safely enter Dhanurasana, or Bow Pose which is a Second Series Backbend from the Ashtanga Yoga method.
9. Lifting Up Into A Handstand from Firefly Pose
This is a fun trick to learn how to shift more weight forward over the solid foundation of your arms and lift up into full handstand from Tittibhasana, or Firefly Pose.
10. Intermediate Twisting Squat
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.