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.
Stay tuned into your breath, and find your focal points so you’re taking in less information from the world around you for a little while, and more from the one within you. That way you can figure out how to practice today, in a way that will strengthen and nurture you. It’s the same skill you use when you go to a busy restaurant with a friend, and want to focus on your friend, and not the chaos around you. It’s the same ability we need to choose one thought over another, and to decide what we’re going to focus on. Hone your focus as we open the hips, hamstrings and shoulders, play with arm balances and inversions, fire up the core, open the heart, and head into savasana feeling open!
Get into every nook and cranny with a sweet start and head into a heat-building flow that targets the hips, shoulders and hamstrings. Take your pigeon for a ride and then fire up your core, open your heart, and turn your world upside down with straddle handstands. Chill it out with more hip opening and a delicious Savasana. A little talk about developing the strength to open to reality as it is, which is not always as we'd like it to be, and to come back with love.
We get right into moving, starting on our feet, in a wide-legged forward bend. Stretches follow to warm the hips, hamstrings, and back. Moving to the front of the mat, in a sun salute format, we do some core work and a gentle backbend, to prepare for full sun salutations. Integrated into the flow, we weave eagle pose (garudasana), and flying pigeon, (eka pada galavasana) and standing poses. Now fully warm, we work at deepening our backbends by using the wall. If appropriate you can work on standing up from upward bow, dropping back and handstand. We conclude with a supported inversion or shoulder stand. A lot of class, in under an hour. Enjoy.
Want it all in under an hour? Me, too!! We get right to it in this flowing, energizing sequence that includes lots of hip, shoulder and hamstring opening, core strengthening, backbending, arm balancing and inverting. If you want mellow, this is not it! A block and a strap may be handy, but aren't necessary! A belt and a blanket would do the trick ;)
The shoulders are an integral part of many yoga poses. Learning how to switch them on and properly use them can create a positive change to your practice. Whether you're looking for a more activated plank or are learning to fly in Eka Pada Galavasana, this class is sure to open up a new element to your flow.
Expect a sweaty and heart rate-building class that will get your forearms, shoulders and hips fired up. You'll have the opportunity to flow through sweet Sun Salutations and build strength through dynamic movements.
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.