2014/05/20

{Video} Yoga Demo Part VII ~ Transition from Tripod Headstand to Flying Pigeon

There are many fun transitions in yoga and some are more advanced than others. Depending on what level you're currently at, or your daily status ... you feel attracted to those who challange you some.
Lately I've been able to do Flying Pigeon (Eka Pada Galavasana) and it's a fun pose that you can weave in, in many ways. Here's a video of transitioning from one of the yogic Headstands (this one is called Tripod where you balance on the crown of the head and your two hands). In this video I "press up" to this headstand with straight legs. It's usually harder than to press up with the legs bent and closer to the body. I love doing it this way.
From the full headstand, when feeling stable in that kind of practice (even "in the middle of the room"), one can start playing with different transitions out of it. Straight to Chaturanga or adding a pose inbetween. The most common pose added is usually Bakasana (crow pose), which can be used to transistion TO Tripod aswell. I have a video of that demo to, click HERE to see it. And see below for more video demos.
When adding Flying Pigeon as a transition, you would have to be pretty stable in that pose first before transitioning to it from headstand. Some find it easier to come into the full armbalance when coming "from the floor" instead of leaning forward, though. Since there is a fear-factor when leaning forward and trying to not "face-plant". You can always practice with a firmer pillow or a stack of blankets in front, to land your face on if it feels fearful when starting to practice. Anyways, if you are stable in both those poses, you can start playing around some more with this transition. Take your time.
I'm adding a "jump back" from the armbalance to Chaturanga. It's not necessary in the beginning. Feel free to bend the out-streatched leg to the floor, to then step back to Chaturanga, since that is alot easier.
Feel free to get inspired, and whenever you feel ready - start play around with it! Have fun!
Other yoga videos, click on the links below:
Meditation Seat Instruction ~ A Comfy Meditation Seat
108-Yum For Anger Management or Mediation Practice
Yoga Demo, Part VI ~ Tittibasana Sequence
Yoga Demo, Part V ~ Inversion Backbend
Yoga Demo, Part IV ~ Tripod to Bakasana to Jump-Back
Yoga Demo, Part III ~ Headstand with Legs in Lotus Pose
Yoga Demo, Part II ~ Mastering Drop Backs
Yoga Demo, Part I ~ Forearm Stand Press-Up

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