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.
An opportunity to move the body with a focus on HIPS. OPEN hips doesn't mean HEALTHY hips. A body prone to stiffness justifies an emphasis on flexibility and a body prone to flexibility requires an emphasis on stabilizing. THIS class is Well rounded: Flow with Sun Salutations, Standing Poses, Core, Arm balance, Backbends and a delicious cool down of stretching. My instructions teach you how to KNOW your BODY so that you can try ANY POSE you want SAFELY.
My style is challenging however you will ALWAYS have the choice to do LESS. I will also throw in some chunks of Philosophy and remind you to BREATHE and most likely laugh at myself. I invite you to laugh and at the end of the day not take any of this too seriously unless of course you're in the mood for a good cry...
Most people love hip opening poses. A lot of people also love arm balances. This practice combines both to help you build strength while opening up the hips, and hopefully having a little fun along the way. Enjoy!
Play with the idea of finding your center of gravity, whether you're on your feet, hands, forearm or head. You need core strength and upper body strength, but also curiosity and a sense of humor. A willingness to fall on your face also helps! Lots of hip, hamstring and shoulder opening, core strengthening and inverting, so you can deepen your trust in yourself and your process. Ready, set, fly!
Do you have stories you tell yourself about what you can or can’t do, or how things would be different if only? Ha. Me too! Let’s dig into those stories, which are often old and frequently untrue as we open the hips, shoulders and hamstrings, strengthen the core and our own resolve to check ourselves, and take things upside down for fun. That sounds like a good story time, right?
Can you roll with it? We humans love to make our plans, and life loves to turn our plans upside down. How about we get upside down calmly right now, so we have the tools to look at things from different perspectives, the ability to be at ease during transitions, and to have compassion for ourselves when things don't go the way we expected? Sound good? Great, unroll your mat and let's jam.
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.