Firefly Pose: Arm Strength

Fiji McAlpine
Instructor Fiji McAlpine
Average: 4.9 (102 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/Power Yoga, Yoga for Strength


Lucia A 1 month ago

Fiji’s classes are always a challenge for me, so I was incredibly thankful for the patience and the encouragement in this one. It was tough but it felt like I could do it and I’m happy I tried it out. Thank you, Fiji!

kimchi 6 months ago

Great class, just the right level of challenge. This sequence seems like good prep for arm balances and inversions in general.

nadonado 6 months ago

Enjoyable pace and detailed instructions for each movement and breath. Simple and effective. Thank you.

tiel 1 year ago

Questions: When using blocks the heals of my hands are sinking into the blocks causing my wrists to over extend so I can't keep my arms at right angle to my hands. How can I prevent this? I also couldn't figure out how to put my hand around the outside of my foot and get my leg to lift (one of the first poses you did). Can you explain that in more detail?

kadman10 1 year 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.

Irishlove 2 years 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.

Martha Hitchmough 2 years ago

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

PeacefulRN 2 years 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 2 years 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.

Becky in TX 2 years ago

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.