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. Scorpion Handstand Demonstration
Ashtanga Yoga Instructor, Kino MacGregor show you how to work on Scorpion Handstand, known in Sanskrit as Vrschikasana. This fun, but challenging posture is a great way to test the limits of your strength and flexibility on all levels.
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. How To Build Strength Beyond a Handstand
Being able to do handstand push-ups is one way to surely move past a static handstand. Please note that this is not traditional and certainly would not be done in a traditional yoga shala. I would not do this during my daily practice, but instead in the afternoons to have fun and build strength. If you want to try this you can use a wall for balance or ask a friend to spot you. Just be sure that you already have a really good handstand before you try.
5. 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.