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.
Hello, yogis! By request, here is a full-length class! 75 minutes of asana and 15 minutes of yoga nidra and savasana. The flow is full of hip opening and core strengthening so we can safely play with binds in bird of paradise and half moon. 6 minute abs because I love you and because you'll need them for koundinyasana 2, crow pose, and options to play with bhujapidasana and firefly pose, and a mashup of crow, firefly and koundinyasana if you like mashups like I do! If you're feeling frisky and want to work on wide straddles in your handstands, I give you tips and tools, or you can take an L pose or keep it restorative. Yoga Nidra in savasana so you rest deeply after working hard. Ready?
If you're looking for something super deep and fun - fast! - look no further. We do lots of heat-building on the early side, give the hips a lot of love, fire up that core (hello 6-minute abs you love), and fly! Koundinyasana 2, bhujapidasana, firefly pose, eight-angle pose and a wide straddle upside down. Of course we do lots of shoulder-opening along the way and our constant companion is deep, conscious breath. Couldn't decide between intermediate or advanced for this one - strong intermediate yogis are welcome, just listen to your body, have blocks handy and remember you can pause the video to work on a pose anytime!
I filmed this class in response to a number of people who expressed they're struggling with motivation! I get it. We're in a strange set of circumstances and it's been this way for almost a year! It isn't easy and some days are harder than others, but I know there are some things that work! Changing your environment, shifting your perspective and working with your breath, it is possible to unlock energy you didn't know you had! I intended for this to be a shorter class, but once I got going, I felt so good I didn't want to stop! Join me for some breath-work, hip, hamstring and shoulder-opening, core strengthening, arm balancing fun. A surprise inversion at the end, too! We've got this!
Ready for some fun? This is a deep, hip-opening class where we get right to it! A fun mandala-making beginning followed by heat-building and core strengthening leading up to compass pose, and eight-angle pose! An all-over feel-good flow with special love for your hips, sure to energize you and also bring a smile to your face. Enjoy!
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!
Happy New Year! New year, new alternate set :) Welcome to the magic garden where you get to weed out what doesn't serve you and nurture the things you want to grow! We did some nice heat-building with Series A and C variations, a chance to play with koundinyasana II, opportunities to root down and reach for the sun with bird of paradise, core work (but of course) backbends, hip and hamstring opening and deep breathing throughout! A little mermaid even showed up! Sending you and yours lots of love and wishes for a very Happy New Year where we spend lots of time together playing in the Magic Garden! So grateful to be on this journey with all of you!!
An energizing, feel-great-everywhere flow meant to start your day right, but good for anytime you have some nice energy to burn and want to open every major muscle group, free up your heart, fire up your core, give particular love to your hips, and play on your hands and head! There's also time to tune in, connect with your breath, tap into what it is you need and work on developing a compassionate partnership with your body! Enjoy, yogis!
The pace is slow and steady so there's plenty of time to feel things deeply. This is a great practice if you're looking for something to help you hone your focus, breathe with intention, and open every major muscle group. There is core strengthening and there are opportunities for arm balances and inversions, but you are also welcome to turn the heat down if you need to! Enjoy, yogis! And apologies for the unedited beginning where we are joking around, but I figure a little behind-the scenes once in awhile is okay and this was the last class we filmed before the pandemic so I couldn't bear to delete it! :)
Hips, shoulders and hamstrings are the focus as we breathe, sweat and flow into spaciousness in body and mind. Core strengthening, arm balancing and inverting are part of the journey, as we play with the difference between engaging and gripping. This is a good practice for life, too!
Shake it up and shake it off. Special attention for the hamstrings, shoulders and upper back, and lots of twists as we travel. Practice non-attachment and open to the journey as it unfolds. Early core strengthening and heat building, and fun with handstands also included.