Building Up To Dragonfly Pose

Rachel Scott
Instructor Rachel Scott
Average: 5 (92 votes)
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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.

Equipment: Block
Style: Vinyasa/Power Yoga


Gala Loviny 3 months ago

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 7 months ago

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!

nadonado 9 months ago

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.

Yvonne138 10 months ago

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

Byhisgrace 1 year ago

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 :)

hslywka 2 years ago

Such a lovely, happy, energy filled class.

Thank you!

TikiMan098 2 years ago

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

Thank you and best wishes,

JernYoga 2 years ago

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

MariamS 2 years ago

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 2 years ago

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!