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!
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Here are some classes featuring Pose Dedicated to the Sage Koundinya II.
Directing your energy is key if you want to be present for yourself and the people in your life, and also if you want to get things done! Use the focal points in your physical practice to train your mind to do one thing at a time, so the next time you cross paths with a "hater", you don't get sidelined for long!
Don’t let the sweet, slow start fool you, because intense core work is just around the corner. We take that fire in the belly and head into Series C with variations, leading to skandasana, lizard pose, and koundinyasana 2. We play with crescent, eagle pose, twisted half moon, handstands and more twists to wring out any stagnant energy or ideas, and we open the heart with backbends. Inversions turn it upside down, and savasana is sweet, with a body-scan to take you deep. Enjoy the fluid movement, the heat building, the quiet mind, and the great energy of this class.
We dive into the hips, shoulders and hamstrings, fire up the core, play on our hands and upside down, open the heart, and chill it out in hip-openers before Savasana. The theme is trusting yourself, being able to have faith in your perception, and your ability to discern what is real. A little conversation about “gas lighting”, vidya and viveka. Enjoy, yogis!
Lots of heat-building with Series A, C (with variations to open the hips and shoulders), and B, to continue the hip-focus. Arm balances and core work and inversions, oh my! A little fun with handstand jumps (if you don’t have a bolster, a firm couch pillow should do the trick!) Let’s play!
A strong flow with a chance to get deep while staying strong with some fiery standing hip openers that force you to engage as you surrender. We hit Warrior II, Side Angle, Ardha Chandrasana, Standing Frog pose (aka Goddess pose), some Lizard pose variations and Eka Pada Koundinyasana II on our way to the floor, where there's some core strengthening, backbending and inversion time waiting for us. We finish out the class with a chance to extinguish all that fiery hip energy with a good, long hold in Frog and a chance to forward fold with Baddha Konasana and a wide-legged forward fold. Savasana should be sweet.
Overcome perfectionism in this challenging but fun flow focused on hip & shoulder opening, arm balancing, core strengthening, & inverting. The theme emerged as I had to excuse myself to run to the ladies room, & as I screwed up the sequence. Years ago, I would have kicked myself. Today, we laugh together, & all works out in the end. If you have a loud inner critic, ignore it! Feed a loving voice.
Serious core strength is at the center of this practice (pun intended), where we flow until we drip sweat, and then open the hips every which way we can! Play on your hands and turn it upside down. Savasana is the part where you surrender and enjoy the many fruits of your serious labor.
Shoulders, upper back and hips are the focus, though we give the hamstrings some love, too! A sweaty, targeted flow that includes balancing and an arm balance mash-up. Backbends, blanket abs and inversions before we get into the hips and hamstrings a little more. Savasana is delightful.