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.
If you get to a place where you cannot breathe, or you feel like you’re in a wrestling match with your body, you’ve gone too far! There’s a difference between intense sensation and pain—nothing in your practice should hurt! Maintain or develop a healthy relationship with your body—listen and respond with compassion and honesty, and you’ll have a great practice! Hips, hamstrings, shoulders and core strengthening, along with arm balances and inversions, backbends and more hip opening on the floor. Steady breath throughout it all, and a deep savasana at the end :)
This practice focuses on deep hip and heart openers. We begin with sun salute c, also known as a moon sequence, which is great for quad and shoulder opening. Then we move into standing hip openers to prepare the body for flying pigeon. We will dance through inversions and backbends before wrapping it all up with one of my favorite poses, king pigeon. If you're new to any of these poses, we offer props and modifications to help you enter in and out of the poses. Enjoy after a long day or middle of the afternoon when you need a pick-me-up!
Fire up your core, open your hips, shoulders, heart and hamstrings, get upside down, and remember, it isn’t about the shapes you make, it’s about the quality of your breathing and your state of mind while you’re in the shapes you’re making.
If you're looking for a workout for your body, but also for your mind, look no further! We deeply open the hips, shoulders and hamstrings and fire up the core. We take the open body and strong center into optional arm balances and inversions, with building blocks to accommodate wherever you are in your practice and in your body today. We practice the ability to focus on one thing, to stay calm when we feel challenged and to work with the nervous system to stay curious and engaged with what's happening right here, right now. We end with a little alternate nostril breathing to send you back into the world feeling balanced.
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.