How to Do Galavasana Ashtanga Vinyasa Arm Balance

Galavasana Ashtanga Vinyasa Arm Balance

Galavasana, or flying pigeon pose, is a fun arm balance from the ashtanga series. Here Doron explains how to do it from standing rather than from a headstand. This pose requires open hips and some strength but is totally possible, especially after you see this video.

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How to Do Galavasana Ashtanga Vinyasa Arm Balance

Welcome to Doron Yoga everyone! Today we’ll look at the Eka Pada Galavasana. It’s an arm balance from the third series but we’ll come into it from a slightly easier way: standing instead of from the tripod headstand, as it’s done in the Ashtanga tradition. We’ll look at it from different angles to help you see this. It’s not the easiest of poses; it requires open hips but let’s give it a try. Have fun!

We’re just like into Cappuccino with the right ankle on the left knee and lowering down your hips. Once your hips lower down, place the hands on the ground. You can see I’m really wrapping that right foot around my left arm for stability. I’m lifting my hips high up and then one day taking the back leg up behind you. Chest is open; heart is open; and then lowering down. You can see when I came up that the knee was also at the armpit. Slowly come up and try to release with control. Exits count! Transitions count!

Here we go! Let’s look at it this time from the side view. Finding your balance; using your bandhas. Belly lifted. Pelvic floor lifted. Keeping a focused mind and slowly start to lower down with one ankle on the thigh. I have the right ankle on the left thigh again. Hips moving a little back and now you can see a little better how I’m really trying to wrap the foot as high up as possible onto the arm. It does slide down. That’s why I start high up – it does slide down but then it kind of wraps around the muscle to not fall down. The hips go high up and this is what allows the foot to follow high up. The main thing is to try and bring the hips up and over the arms. The arms are your legs; they’re your support. They’re what you’re standing on and so you want to bring your center of gravity – your hips – over the arms and that’s what’s going to allow the ability to open the back leg far away, straight behind you.

Again, I’m doing it on the other side. Chest is open. You can see the hips are moving over the balancing – the leg reaches back. Ah, this was very quick and short but no worries, I’ll do it on the other side. The main reason I’m switching sides is that this time you can see the knee side. I’m lowering down, placing the hands down, and the knee goes high up into the armpit. We already saw the foot side earlier. Now as I shift weight, the knee does stay up in the armpit. You can see that the foot does slide down some but try to keep the knee high up. That’s what’s giving you the space to reach the back leg far up and behind you. When you come out, try to always come up slow and with control, maintaining the focus so that it doesn’t become a circus, so it remains yoga.

That’s it folks! Hope you enjoyed! Thank you very much for watching! Make sure you share this with your friends, hit “Like” on Doron Yoga’s YouTube channel, and even leave a comment there or here on the Doron Yoga blog post. Learn more about this pose and many others during our yoga teacher training Guatemala at Lake Atitlan! Any other ideas? See you soon! Love you guys!

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