Building Up To Dragonfly Pose


Dragonfly pose, or Maksikanagasana, is an intricate arm balance that requires a arm, core and leg strength, as well as spinal, hip and leg flexibility. Teacher trainer Rachel Scott designed this class to help you get into this difficult pose by putting together an intelligent sequence, full of creative transitions that build to the peak pose, dragonfly.



Existing Comments

October 9, 2021

Great releases for the outer hips in this fun practice. I love it!

Gala Loviny
November 28, 2020

Thank you very much Rachel for this wonderful class, I truly love your classes, you have to do it, your explanations are clear and even though they are advanced classes I can feel a sense of peac in every mouvement. I hope you can do more advanced classes like this. Thank ou very much for such good energy.

Lucia A
August 3, 2020

Loved the class! I wish you could make more advanced classes like this one; while I love your short, easier lessons for a day after work, sometimes I crave the challenge.
And maybe make savasana a little longer? I know you can stay longer if you wish, but I like to follow the teacher for that part of class.
Thanks Rachel!

May 17, 2020

The twists are deep, I love them. Dragonfly is very challenging and I don't even come close but appreciate the introduction and attempts. Thank you.

April 16, 2020

I loved this class so much. I especially enjoyed the creative transitions. Thank you so much!

February 26, 2020

Loved the creative flow to this class with a lot of delicious spine twists and core warmups! Dragonfly peak pose is so hard for me, but I've started to be able to balance for a short while with each practice! Thanks Rachel :)

February 13, 2019

Such a lovely, happy, energy filled class.

Thank you!

February 11, 2019

Loved the interesting postures and progression towards dragon fly pose. Your smile is infectious - brightened my day for sure.

Thank you and best wishes,

January 12, 2019

Super great class. I've tried to get into Dragonfly before, but his was the first time I actually succeeded. Thanks!

December 11, 2018

Hi Rachel and DYWM team,

I noticed in this class (as well as a couple of other ones that involved an arm balance combined with a twist) that my left hand felt strained. It's the area just between the wrist and the thumb. I don't feel anything during the pose (at 34.06 minutes into the video). It's only immediately afterwards and only the left hand even though I practice both sides of the pose. Could this be because of 1) I'm not distributing the weight correctly or 2) because my elbow should be above or over my wrist or 3) something else altogether? I'm right handed if that makes a difference (maybe my left side is just not strong enough?) For now I'm going to hold off on these particular poses but do let me know your thoughts. Thanks!

Rachel Scott
December 12, 2018

Hi Mariam! It's hard to say without seeing you, but I'd like to offer some suggestions and let's see if they help! My *guess* is that you're not weighting your index mound enough. Also, are you really spreading your thumb away from your hands? Although the fingers like to be spread - the thumb does not. If you've been widening your thumb a lot away from the palm, then bring it closer in. Could also be that the left arm isn't as strong as the right; check in to make sure that the shoulder isn't dropping forward. I think of little air bags under my arm pits in arm balances - like little arm pit water wings!! Keep me posted!

December 18, 2018

Thank you Rachel! I will keep all those points in mind for the next time I try the pose. About the thumb being too spread out, that hadn't even occurred to me so I will make a note of it. After reading your feedback and just observing how I naturally tend to distribute my weight when I place my palms on the floor, it seems I have a tendency to push down more on the heel of the palm in this kind of arm balance. Probably because I was so focused on pushing myself up rather than up and forward like you say in the video. Going to record myself in the next class to properly observe my alignment. Thank you again, your attention to anatomy has always been very helpful.

April 16, 2018

Rachel Scott and Fiji McAlpine are definitely my favorite instructors on this site. I love Rachel's creative flow, clear instructions, and attention to technique. I have been working on arm balances for some time now, but I have yet to perfect this sneaky grasshopper pose. Rachel's cues and warm-up to the peak pose are perfect. So fun!

October 18, 2017

I love, love, LOVE this class! I can't believe I haven't reviewed it yet, because it is on of my all time favourites! So great for twists and hip opening- such a powerful, well rounded class in a short time! Having been returning to this class on and off for about a year (I can't remember the last time I did it actually) I have just reached the peak pose! Thank you Rachel! xx

October 10, 2017

I just love this class, especially when I still can't do the dragonfly pose. It is so challenging and it opens the hips and legs so nicely. Thank you!

August 10, 2017

Thank you for a new experience. I am awed by the way you seem to float when you jump up in between your hands and even through your hands. Please give us a class just on how you do that :). Thanks again!

July 27, 2017

I generally am too apprehensive to try "advanced" pose classes but Rachel's wonderful cues and 3 levels of options made this very enjoyable and do-able for me. I felt the most stable I have ever felt in side crow and was even able to extend my legs a little bit! Definitely a confidence booster. I will be looking for other classes from this instructor - thank you, Rachel!

July 14, 2017

This was the first of the 14-day challenge videos that I really felt the next day. Challenging and fun! I kept practicing dragonfly for 20 mins after savasana. Not quite there but it's much closer! I will come back to this one.

David Procyshyn
June 15, 2017

Thanks for the comments. And yes, we agree, we don't have enough videos from Rachel Scott! We will be filming with her again in mid July, so get ready for more class videos from her this summer and fall!

June 15, 2017

This is the first class I've done by Rachael and I'll definitely be doing it again!
As another user commented, she has a great, no nonsense instruction style that I really appreciate.
It's going to take quite a lot of attempts before i can get into dragonfly pose, but the class is so dynamic and fun that you shouldn't really be too bothered if you're but able to get into it. It's an excellent workout regardless.
Thanks Rachel !!

May 14, 2017

There aren't many Rachel Scott videos so I haven't thought to do one in a while. After revisiting this class today I really would like to have the chance to do more Rachel Scott videos! Her instructions are so clear and concise, she makes you feel as though you can do anything, even dragonfly!!! It would be great if she came back to DYWM for some more videos in the future!

April 28, 2017

Beautiful calm yet challenging class! Rachel has a great way to explain without much fluffiness and you can sense she loves what she does. It is about sharing the yoga practice and motivating us towards courage but being mindful with ourselves at the same time. Thank you!

March 20, 2017

Loved this class! Rachel's descriptions of each pose are helpful, and I really appreciate that she doesn't add in many additional remarks or comments... sometimes the phrasing other instructors use seem a little silly or off-hand, but Rachel's don't.

January 17, 2017

Rachel is really descriptive in explaining the poses so you don't need to check to the screen constantly to make sure you're doing it right. This class was the perfect mix of challenging and playful for my experience level and my mood today!

January 12, 2017

Really enjoyed this one! It had enough variety and challenge to keep me engaged. I've never done dragonfly before and it was helpful to learn how to get into it properly.

May 3, 2016

Love this class and love Rachel's no nonsense but super fun style. A few more attempts and I think I will be rocking Dragonfly. Thanks Rachel!

April 15, 2016

Mmmm --- toasty in all the right places. Such a great class, Rachel is a great teacher, gives great cues. I love how the class is oriented towards the peak pose - I like practicing with purpose! She has a bird of paradise one that is just as good if you liked this one! Please do more like this - love it!

April 2, 2016

First attempt at Dragonfly. Was surprised to find that I could do it! Thank you for breaking it into manageable pieces!!

Sue Tonin
April 2, 2016

As ever, Rachel stretches us in new ways. A wonderful class.

March 26, 2016

This was challenging but I was able to come into side crow for the first time! Will keep practicing until i can do all of them! absolutely wonderful!

March 26, 2016

I LOVE this class! Thank you! I didn't even know that i can do dragonfly pose, but I can! :) More, more, more like this, please! :)

March 19, 2016

Looking forward to revisiting this class! I've been wanting to practice more arm balances and this session was full of opportunities to explore and play. Thank you !

March 17, 2016

What a fantastic class! I can't do the peak pose (yet!) but did manage side crow for the first time. Fantastic hip openers too, and a good length of class. Thank you Rachel!

Hamish MacCuish
March 16, 2016

I really enjoy your classes for getting into my tight hips and hams. Another of my ambitions; arm balancing...
This has both, at the same time! Awesome!
It took me several attempts (and forehead thumps) to get dragonfly. Worth every try! Nailed it!
Thank you for your guidance!

jen lombardi
March 16, 2016

Fantastic class and great way to enter dragonfly pose. While I cannot yet do the pose, your fluid sequence allows me to practice with ease!

March 15, 2016

I loved this class and the way you broke down the peak pose step by step. I was absolutely nowhere near getting into it (!) but I enjoyed the journey and your fantastic teaching. Thank you Rachel!