Firefly Pose: Arm Strength

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Instructor Fiji McAlpine
Average: 4.9 (87 votes)
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***Note: Fiji says you need two blocks for this class, but you can also use two books of the same thickness.*** In part one of Fiji's 3-part series leading you to firefly pose (tittibhasana), she works on strengthening the arms. She emphasizes the muscles that are needed in this challenging arm balance to prepare you for the final peak pose, that you will be doing in part three. Fiji's focus, intelligent progression and clarity make this class wonderfully fulfilling and energizing. This class will get you where you need to be for the next ones in the series: Firefly Pose: Strengthen and Lengthen and Firefly Pose: Workshop.


Equipment: Block
Style: Vinyasa Yoga, Yoga for Strength


Wonderful class
kadman10 2 months ago

Revisiting this class. When I tried it a few months ago at the beginning of my practice, it was impossible. Now, after practicing daily with other challenges here, I can feel my progress. And interestingly enough, although it focuses on the upper body, my lower body feels more aligned and less painful. Patience, practice and progress in natural time is key.

Arm Strength and protected shoulder girdle!
Irishlove 9 months ago

Thank you so much for this class that really challenges arm strength by increasing awareness of the shoulder girdle and releasing the body as being as important as keeping it strong. I have only one side note, that is purely my experience and not a complaint, when I am in the most difficult portion of any posture where I am having to focus on the breath, too many verbal "reasons" (not cues) are too much for me to bear and actually take me out of listening to my body. Perhaps more limited verbal cues, vs reasoning would be something to try? Just an idea. I have tremendous gratitude for this class and all your classes, Fiji, and mean no criticism, merely my experience. Namaste from Ireland.

Intermediate 30 day challenge
Martha Hitchmough 9 months ago

Just started this challenge again, forgotten how inspiring and knowledgable Figi is. Great teacher, great way to start the morning.

Tough in a good way!
PeacefulRN 1 year ago

2/15/18. Coming back to this one...thinking I may need to regularly incorporate it into my practice to continue to strengthen and stabilize my shoulder girdle. I consider myself pretty strong but this type of practice makes me question that belief!! Crisp, clear cues throughout and a nice balance between strength and ease. Thank you!

Dennette 1 year ago

I have a significant amount of work to do after taking time off to heal an injury. This class was very challenging for me... I have done it 3 times this week; third time was easier than the first. The level of instruction on this website is very high. My own teachers set the bar very high during my YTT and yours is the only website I recommend to those who frequent my own classes. Thank you for doing what you do.

Challenging indeed

I attended my first public class yesterday, to start 2018. I was surprised and pleased at how well informed/prepared I have become with just at home practice. DYWM has taught me well. I had already decided to do a 30 day challenge, but with more room for growth. This is it. You are taking me through the first month of a new year.
Thanks for being here for us all. Happy New Year.

Igniting the 30 day challenge
Rbreid73 1 year ago

What a way to start the 30 day challenge. I love working my shoulders, building strength through poses that set an intention towards doing bow pose. So, if you love these types of classes too, this is the right one for you. I really appreciated that Fiji took some 'time out' during the class to explain the importance of technique in Chaturanga Dandasana. There was also a strong sense that getting to bow pose will take time, so although a challenging intermediate class, there were variations to enable you to build confidence over time.

Another Fiji classic
jennyharry 1 year ago

Fantastic way to start the 30-day yoga challenge. I feel invigorated and eager for the next day.
I love Fiji's pacing and precise instructions that make sure you will not get hurt even in more challenging poses.

So good to be challenged just the right way!

So glad I joined on day 2 with what I could have easily avoided - arm and shoulder strength - and I've considered my weakness. Yet knowing how well Fiji builds up the practice, and with the home / online DYWM there's no peer pressure / competition in the group I can do the poses purely focused on my body's capacities and on Fiji's instruction. And it went much 'better' than I thought, and Fiji's modifications and motivations helped a lot too. Trusting my arms and shoulders will gradually, with dedication and gratitude for the current capacities get even stronger - yay! And yep, floating above hot coals for a few milliseconds, lol!
Big gratitude to Fiji, and DYWM!

A challenging class for me (I
stephanie-berlin 1 year ago

A challenging class for me (I need to build more shoulder strength) but such a great way to start the challenge for sure. I look forward to the next session :) Thanks for your guidance Fiji!