Ashtanga Yoga: Second Series

8 Intermediate Second Series Yoga Videos

Leslie Perryman • March 17, 2015
Building Strength to Jump Back from Crow Posture
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1. 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.
2. Core Strength in Heron Position
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Ashtanga Yoga Instructor, Kino MacGregor, shows you how to combine the strength and flexibility needed to easily enter Krounchasana, or Heron Position. This posture in Second Series of Ashtanga Yoga is about more than just flexibility. It combines a deep control of the hip joints to powerfully lift the leg towards the core. Think about bringing it into your center rather than lifting the leg away from the body.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Arm and Core Strength in Powerful Crocodile Posture
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Ashtanga Yoga Instructor Kino MacGregor shows you how to do Nakrasana, or Crocodile Posture. In this movement you take plank, or Chaturanga Dandasana, also known sometimes as Chatuari, and jump forward five times and jump backwards five times. The movement is best done with a clear use of the core strength of the body, stable shoulder strength and connected legs. If any component is missing then the posture will sag in certain bits. If the shoulders are not strong enough then the movement is not only impossible but unsafe.
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