One of our favorite arm balances at Yogis Anonymous! This pose requires core and upper body strength, and open hips, hamstrings and shoulders, along with a sense of adventure (or a willingness to kiss your mat!) Get the basics down with this tutorial and then let's fly together with some of the classes below that feature this pose!
Ready to work it?
Here are some classes featuring Pose Dedicated to the Sage Koundinya II.
Short on time but long on energy? Grab your mat and let's do this! We build heat quickly with Series C and variations, and target intense core strengthening and hip and hamstring opening so we can play with some fun arm balances including crow pose, firefly, and a mashup that ends in koundinyasana 2. You might not have a ton of time, but that doesn't mean we can't go deep and have fun. Pretty please, don't skip savasana at the end ;)
Ready to find your inner badass, play with an arm balance mashup, quiet your mind and have some fun? I thought so! Core strengthening powers the arm balance fun, and open hips and hamstrings are essential, so we get right on that. Strong shoulders make the base, and whatever else happens is icing on this badass cake.
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 :)
Dive into the hips, shoulders and hamstrings, ignite your core and your inner fire, play on your hands and stand on them, and take it to the floor to open your hips, heart and hamstrings a little more. Get so involved in what’s happening with your body that you forget the details of your life for a little while—the responsibilities, ideas, roles you play and things you need to get done—so you can connect with the energy underneath all of that, which is the source of your joy, authenticity, inspiration and intuition!
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!
Build your heat and find your balance in this short fiery flow.
The sequences will build up the heat right from the start.
Practice working your breath and finding a steady gaze so you can move with grace and ease. Yoga isn't just about sitting into a pose but also about how you arrived there. Let's practice being smooth between the moves.
Side Body Part 2: If you like jumping straight into the action then this flow is for you! We warm up with some side bending Surya C and then continue where we left off from Side Body Part 1 and build on the poses! Flip Dog, Arm Balances, Funky Visvamitrasana, Pigeon with twist each way, Pyramid back knee bent, Runners Lunge, open crescent, crescent twist, Skandasana grab ankles or use strap, Prasarita or inversion, Goddess hands to inner ankles and lean back, Set up warrior 2, Side angle warrior variation with hand inside front ankle, Koundinyasana 2. All of that equals Sides Wide Open ;)
A sweaty class with a lot of core strength work and an emphasis on working on your own experience and with your own challenges. Down dog or child’s pose? Both are the right answer, but there are plenty of opportunities here to work hard with a dancing warrior flow and arm balance opportunities. There’s also a long, sweet and relaxing end to class with a triple dose of hip opening featuring janu sirsasana, double pigeon, and baddha konasana, as well as some heart opening opportunities with back bends and twists.
Hips, shoulders, hamstrings and core are the focus as we flow, twist and turn. A deep, challenging class where we talk about how to strengthen the tendencies that serve us, and erode the ones that don't! Lots of arm balances and inversions, but also the invitation to take it easy if you need to!