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.
2. Yoga for Weight Loss
Part 1 of yoga for weight loss. These moves focus on breathing and gentle transitions between basic yoga moves.
3. Building Strength to Jump Back from Crow Posture
Ashtanga Yoga Instructor, Kino MacGregor, shows you how to build strength to jump back from Bakasana, or Crow posture.
4. Core Strength in Heron Position
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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.