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.
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!
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.