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. Eka Pada Sirsasana (Leg Behind the Head)
Certified Ashtanga Yoga teacher shows you how to safely and easily place your leg behind your head for the posture called Eka Pada Sirsasana in the Ashtanga Yoga Second Series.
3. Urdhva Dhanurasana
Come into this deep, heart opening back bend with Kino MacGregor as she walks you through critical shoulder alignment to open the whole spine and facilitate deep extension.
4. How to Safely Get into Splits
So many people have asked me for a video on the splits. Ok here it is. Be careful and conscious about overstretching so don't try this unless you are pretty advanced. This movement comes in the Ashtanga Yoga Third Series and is meant to prepare for deep backbends.
5. Deepest Hip Joint Rotation in Advanced Series
A student and a viewer on my YouTube channel asked me if I could show my deepest hip rotation. Well, the posture that takes my hips into the deepest rotation that I practice is in the Ashtanga Yoga Fourth Series. I'll show you that in this clip. But please remember that there are many people with more open hips than mine and that any work along the practice of yoga is measured by the inner state not by how flexible you are.
6. 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.