Building Up To Dragonfly Pose

Building Up To Dragonfly Pose

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Instructor Rachel Scott
Average: 5 (73 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 Yoga


strain on the hand
MariamS 13 hours 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!

One of my favorite classes on DYWM
sarahjwou 7 months ago

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!

I love, love, LOVE this
emhenry 1 year ago

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

Amazing class
livia.c 1 year ago

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!

Nice class
mntmadre 1 year ago

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!

I generally am too
PeacefulRN 1 year ago

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!

Wowza that was fun!
emfries79 1 year ago

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.

More Rachel Scott!
David Procyshyn 1 year ago

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!

Fun and challenging, even if you can't yet fly!
Marieseville 1 year ago

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 !!

I need more Rachel Scott in my life!!!
sweetp2828 1 year ago

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!