Learn the arm balance eight angle pose (astavakrasana) step-by-step. This pose requires core and upper body strength, and very open hips and hamstrings. A sense of humor is also helpful! After you watch, try the classes below that prepare the body and build up to this advanced arm balance.
Great for days when you have a good amount of energy and really want to open your hips, fire up your core and play! On the way to eight-angle pose we hit all kinds of stops including 6-minute abs, koundinyasana II, bird of paradise and all the building blocks you need to open your hips deeply and see what happens as you approach astavakrasana. As always, it's the journey and not the destination, so grab your mat and let's have some fun!
Lead us from the unreal to the real, from the darkness to the light, from the fear of death to the knowledge of immortality - bring us to that knowledge of oneness. We start with the asatoma sadgamaya prayer and move into a deep and fluid flow that opens the shoulders, upper back, chest, hips and hamstrings so we can play with funky eight-angle pose and one-legged-crow-meets-shayanasana :) Peace, yogis!
Start with stretches for the hips and back. Continue with some sun salutations and a balanced group of standing poses. Move to the floor and work towards astavakrasana, the eight-limbed arm balance pose. Finish with backbends and shoulder stand. Enjoy!
Remember where you come from people, you are a vessel for DIVINE LIGHT!An intricately woven texture of movement guided by breath to connect you back with your radiant source. Don't be scared, we gonna get a lil' witchy with this one, drawing pentacle shields in space and such for protection. Shapeshift from Eagle into One-legged Crow, and check in with Ashtavakrasana. Keep radiating that divine light lovers.
Serious hip-opening leads the way, as does core strengthening. We’re heading toward astavakrasana, but along the way, we want to open the shoulders, chest and upper back so these areas don’t collapse in the arm balance. Of course, your hips and hamstrings get extra attention, and you know you need to werk that core! Feed the tendencies that strengthen and serve you, and starve the ones that don’t. Release the thoughts that were never yours, and open in the best way possible!
We build steadily towards some big flying hip openers a.k.a. arm balances! If you’re feeling tired of your routine and are ready to mix it up with some new skills this is the practice for you! We tackle some of the more elusive arm balances Flying Pigeon, Ashtavakrasana and Grasshopper! We start with some hip opening sun salutes to build heat and begin to open the hips and hammies and then steadily layer on the deeper poses so that you arrive at the peak ready to effortlessly move into the more complex postures. Enjoy!
This class introduces some arm balances that demand equal amounts of strength and flexibility. There is a lot of preparation for the hips, hamstrings and shoulders. Though a few of the poses are quite challenging, we playfully approach the more advanced poses, giving everyone space to explore. Enjoy,Lauren
If you have a lot of energy and you feel like playing, grab your mat! We're going deep into the hips and firing up the core so we can take our open hips for a wild ride. Think koundinyasana II, firefly pose, compass pose, tittibhasana and astavakrasana, with the option to add lotus legs to your tripod headstand or handstand. We have a subscriber in the house, so I wanted to make it extra special ;)