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.
Series C kicks us off and then we open things up and dive more deeply into the hips. Skandasana and eka pada koundinyasana, bird of paradise, bound ardha chandrasana and single pigeon help you release anything you might be sitting on. We take time to turn things upside down, open the hamstrings and the heart, and work the core deeply. The foundation of everything is mindful breath, and pranayama is emphasized throughout. We can’t change the environment around us all the time, but we can change the way we respond to it. Guided savasana should leave you super relaxed.
Start of on your back in Baddha Konasana gently opening your hips and upper back. From there we deep dive into abs to get the fire going followed by Sun Salute A and B to further warm up the body. Next we get creative with a hip opening, core and leg centered flow that will have you sweating and moving on your mat with some arm balances and inversions thrown in for fun! Poses you can expect to see: Warrior 1, 2, 3 and Side Angle Warrior, Pincha, Handstand, Baby Bakasana, Crow, Crescent Pose, Hero Pose, Handstand Scorpion, Bound Lizard, Koundinyasana 2 and much much more! Enjoy!
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?
Well, your hips are gonna be happy when you're done, but you're gonna work them first! Join Katie for a challenging, sweaty flow with lots of strength-training built in, yogic squat series, love for your quads, glutes and low back, too! Your hips will than you, and so will the rest of your body!
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.
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.