Another favorite flying hip opener around here, galavasana, or flying pigeon requires core and upper body strength, open hips and shoulders, and the willingness to play with counter-balance. Watch the tutorial, then let's get those hips in the air with the classes below that bring this strong and graceful pose into a complete workout!
Ready to work it?
Here are some classes featuring Flying Pigeon Pose.
Don't play small. Whatever you're doing, whether you're showing up for yourself or for the people in your life, whether you're showing up for your dreams or your yoga practice, take up space! We target the hips, shoulders, hamstrings and core. This is a feel-good flow that asks you to stay centered, to practice non-reactivity, and to know yourself. If that sounds good, grab your mat and let's get to it!
Find stillness in the challenge. This Flow practice will get you moving & breathing! Sun Salutations warm the body and quiet the mind. We open the hips through standing poses and arm balances. We build up to Eka Pada Galavasana (flying pigeon). Lizard pose and Hero's pose open up the psoas and hip flexors. A few backbends round it out and set you up for a soothing and rejuvenating savasana!
Sometimes circumstances or other people make us feel like we ought to "play it small", but we aren't here for that! Work on a strong center, and expansion in every way. There's only one of you in seven billion people! Take up space.
Ease on in to the practice with some reclining hip opening and gentle twisting, then build into a slow flow with ample shoulder opening woven in throughout. The legs are strong while the side-body stretching is super sweet. For those of you with Vata Dosha or feeling the effects of Vata season, this is a nice slower-paced flow with good grounding qualities.
Hips, hamstrings, core strengthening, and a lot of love for your shoulders, chest and upper back! We build some nice heat as we flow and sweat and play with arm balances along the way, including koundinyasana 2 and flying pigeon. When we get to backbends, our friend Michael has a question about “unlocking the shoulders and upper back) that leads us into all kinds of fun! Two blocks are helpful, but not necessary :)
Create balance & strength in this fly strong flow. Work towards feeling grounded and centered by utilizing the conscious breath, challenging poses, and mindful movements. We go deep into the shoulders, and explore many balancing poses that strengthen the body & help to quiet the mind. Juicy hamstring and hip opening prep you for a relaxing savasana!
Fly high and get out of your comfort zone by pushing your own limits! It's not about the destination, so just have fun and stay centered along the way as we open the hips, shoulders, and hamstrings and fire up the core, hone the focus with balance poses, and maybe have some laughs, too!
Who says we can't have everything in one class?
Restorative postures, breath awareness, Mandala salutations, and vinyasa flow, with progressions and modifications for everyone. In this flow we target every single part of the body and end in a sweet savasana.
Hips, hamstrings, shoulders and core get the love as we flow through a non-stop tour of every major muscle group, and play with arm balances and inversions along the way. Culturally we're directed to focus on what we don't have instead of what we do. If that's your default setting, it isn't set in stone, you can rewire that so you focus on everything that is flowing. A breathing practice helps us all face the normal ups and downs of life, because it isn't "all good", either! Ready to get to it?
Get into your hips in this sweaty flow, strengthen your core and your upper body, twist out what isn't serving you, and play with hippie arm balances and inversions. Start where you are with the more challenging poses, grab a block if you need one, and be patient with yourself, and curious about your process!