Galavasana is a challenging arm balance from Ashtanga yoga. This arm balance requires deeply open hips and integrated shoulder strength to approach. With the help of yoga expert Kino MacGregor, you will learn the basic shoulder position and core position needed to hold you in the posture, as well as some creative ways to enter the posture. Finally, Kino will show the traditional way to enter from a tripod headstand. For more information on elevating your practice, watch the full Insight Yoga series.
2. Proper Alignment in Deep Backbend Hand on Ankles
Ashtanga Yoga teacher Kino MacGregor shows you how to catch your own ankles for safe deep backbending. This movement, called Chakra Bandhasana, is best performed with the assistance of a teacher. But even if you do not have a teacher it is still attainable if you give the body time and space to open.
3. Forearm Balance Inversion
Here Kino MacGregor explains how to work on forearm balance, or Pinchamayurasana. It takes a while to find the balance so just remember to keep practicing and keep the faith even if it seems impossible. Small little improvements everyday make a huge difference over a lifetime of practice.
4. Floating Forward and Back in Sun Salutation A
Ashtanga Yoga teacher Kino MacGregor talks about how to float forward and backward in the Sun Salutation. This movement takes great strength and stability. Be patient if you are working on this and don't force it too much.