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.
Invisible fibers of the heart itself stretch open so we can feel the connection we have to our loved ones, teachers, guides, to our ancestors and the earth itself. When we can bring our best and truest selves to whatever we face, we have the best chance to have the lion's heart, sensing the interconnectedness of all things. Grab all the props and get ready to roar.
Ready to get into your hips? Excellent, grab two blocks and let's play with this shape from every different angle. Maybe you'll even lift your figure four off the ground! Whatever happens, this is a deep dive into the hips, hamstrings, upper back and core, and you'll be feeling free and loose by the end! But also grounded and strong ;)
This pigeon flies...but if you aren't ready to fly, this pigeon will show you how to use blocks to start to build the strength and engage where you need to, to play with balance and counter-balance, and to keep breathing while you do it! Enjoy!
A practice about coming home to ourselves, to the Divine Mother, to Mother Earth. An acknowledgement that we are all made of the same stuff and a celebration of that reality as we move, breathe and flow. Expect lots of deep hip, shoulder and hamstring opening in this one, folx! Some fun extended hand-to-heel pose and half lotus variations that may lead to bharadvaja's twist and yoga dandasana (please listen to your body and make sure you never feel deep hip openers in your knees!) Enjoy, yogis!
And it feels amazing! Instead of dwelling on the past or worrying about the future, we get really present together. Practice begins with getting grounded...noticing the breath and tuning into sensation. Then we move and flow in surprising ways to keep you guessing and alert. What's happening? What's going to happen next? You'll know when we get there but here are a few things you can count on: a tutorial for eka pads koundinyasana 2 and flying pigeon and building blocks for your handstand straddle. You can now deduce that there will be shoulder, hip and hamstring opening and core strengthening. There will also be some laughter, a great vibe and the spirit of curiosity. A couple of blocks might be handy. Your open mind is essential. Ready?
Free your hips + shoulders in this strong flow! Let go of lingering stress and reconnect to your most peaceful self. Sun Salutations bring lots of sweaty heat into the body and standing poses create a sense of grounding. Hip and shoulder openers mixed throughout. We play with handstand and flying pigeon, then close with a relaxing Savasana. Namaste!
We open with reclined bound angle pose, followed by twists and more hip and hamstring stretches. Once on our feet, we practice sun salutes and standing poses. We play around with one-legged chair and if inspired an arm balance, galavasana. This class is good for intermediate to advanced practitioners. Enjoy!
A little garuda mudra and pranayama for inward freedom and clarity of vision starts us off on an adventure that targets pigeon variations (even during your core work), eagle variations, and monkey pose right-side up and upside-down! Omg along the way, fun with standing balance, twists and all kinds of love for your shoulders, hips and hamstrings. Sat Nam, yogis, let's play!
Ganesha, the remover of obstacles, he who blesses new beginnings! Our connection to the tribe, our ancestors, and our special memories. This is the theme we work with as we make Ganesha shapes in this grounding, freeing, hip-opening flow that includes elephant-inspired tree pose variations, funky elephant chairs that might lead to flying pigeon and many opportunities to create your own trunk! Open to the possibilities and stay playful, friends!
Work your focus as we flow and open the hips, shoulders and hamstrings, strengthen the core, get upside down, keep the spine healthy with nice backbends and forward folds, and sweat it all out together!