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.
If you have a lot of energy and you feel like playing, grab your mat! We're going deep into the hips and firing up the core so we can take our open hips for a wild ride. Think koundinyasana II, firefly pose, compass pose, tittibhasana and astavakrasana, with the option to add lotus legs to your tripod headstand or handstand. We have a subscriber in the house, so I wanted to make it extra special ;)
Twists and creative sequencing lead the way as we breathe and sweat and target the hamstrings, shoulders and upper back. A strong core is the key to navigating the twists and turns, and a sense of humor helps with the challenging moments. Super fun, super vigorous.
Open your hips, shoulders and hamstrings, play with arm balances like koundinyasana 2 and flying pigeon, fire up your core, and take things upside down. Learn to stay focused in a strange world. This class offered many opportunities to do just that, as you will see :)
Deep hips and hamstrings, lots of shoulder opening, core strengthening, arm balancing and inverting. How far forward to you have to shift in order to lift? Are you willing to fall on your face (metaphorically), or is fear keeping you stuck? Grab a bolster or pillow, and work with your fear if so!
This creative flow will have you exploring and opening your side body! We begin with a stretch and warmup sequence for the shoulders and wrists and then warm up our core and upper back with some plank variations and “hovering cobra.” From there we move into a hip opening variation of Sun Salutes. Next we stretch and open our hamstrings and try a variation of Koundinyasana 1 for those who need help with the pose. Finally we take Visvamitrasana and finish with handstands, backbends, hip openers and Savasana. Plenty of handstand work sprinkled throughout the practice for those who want it!
If you're looking for fun, I've got you covered! An energetic flow that focuses on hip and hamstring opening and core strengthening so we can play with pretty insects like firefly and dragonfly and also handstand wide-straddles! Lots of heat-building and core strengthening, but don't worry, there's a nice amount of deep, stretchy cool-down, too.
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!