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Firefly Pose: Arm Strength

Intermediate II

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.

 

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BevieKnowles
BevieKnowles
May 21, 2022
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That was good. Yesterday I only got half way through the class, today I got to the end, although still had to modify a lot and couldn't hold all of the poses for as long as suggested. I started practicing yoga 15+ years ago. 5 years spent doing Jivamukti aggravated a shoulder injury I already had because I wasn't listening to my body (and the teachers weren't encouraging me to listen to my body either), so then I spent 10 years learning to soften. Now I'm realising I also have to work on strength but this time trying to do it with a great deal of awareness and sensitivity towards my body, which is easily said but quite another thing to actually do. I would like to see the demonstrations show some of the modifications because attempting to go beyond what our body is ready for is likely going to result in injury and little else and it happens all the time. I do it all the time and I see it in classes all the time. Its in our culture to push beyond even if we're not ready for it. I'm sure there are a lot of people who can execute a perfect chaturanga like Fiji, and I'm sure there are also a hell of a lot of people who would be better off with the modification at this stage. When we're strengthening we cannot put too much emphasis on listening to the body. Just my thoughts. Thank you for the class and for the subscription which I think is excellent value for money 🙏🏻

ciderflax71
ciderflax71
May 19, 2022
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I've done this class twice already and am about to start my third. I've always struggled with building arm strength and feel like this class approaches it in such a helpful, measured way. Thank you Fiji!

SMZalokar
SMZalokar
March 17, 2022
Fivestar Rating:
5
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A great class that I had to modify greatly.Thank you!

pinklady65
pinklady65
October 27, 2021
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Couldn't complete this course first time around as I found it too difficult. Now giving it another go as I've been following other courses to build strength.

MAJMandy21
MAJMandy21
December 1, 2020
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Great class!! I am in the Army and was thinking I needed to just do a chest/push up workout this morning but instead went for this class. Wow!!! Great for the upper body and core!!

Lucia A
Lucia A
October 20, 2020
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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
kimchi
May 12, 2020
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Great class, just the right level of challenge. This sequence seems like good prep for arm balances and inversions in general.

nadonado
nadonado
May 5, 2020
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Enjoyable pace and detailed instructions for each movement and breath. Simple and effective. Thank you.

tiel
tiel
July 1, 2019
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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
kadman10
February 16, 2019
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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
Irishlove
July 10, 2018
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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
Martha Hitchmough
July 6, 2018
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Just started this challenge again, forgotten how inspiring and knowledgable Figi is. Great teacher, great way to start the morning.

PeacefulRN
PeacefulRN
February 15, 2018
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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
Dennette
January 7, 2018
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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
Becky in TX
January 2, 2018
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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.

Rbreid73
Rbreid73
November 11, 2017
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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.

jennyharry
jennyharry
November 2, 2017
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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.

Melanie Lichtinger
Melanie Lichtinger
November 2, 2017
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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!

stephanie-berlin
stephanie-berlin
November 2, 2017
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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!

PeacefulRN
PeacefulRN
November 2, 2017
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Nice challenge and a unique way to build functional strength in the upper body. I enjoyed using blocks in a new way. Thank you so much!

TeamWolffland
TeamWolffland
November 1, 2017
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This was such an excellent challenge, and fun way to kick off this series, thank you so much Fiji! As with all the videos, I feel truly supported throughout the practice and highly motivated to work through any resistance there, by way of proper instruction through descriptions of physical sensations and anatomical positioning. I cannot thank DYWM enough over the years! It's helped me overcome and live better with autoimmune disease, as well as life transitions currently experiencing. <3

erica breau
erica breau
November 1, 2017
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I wanted to quit so bad... but I didn't. I couldn't not be there for you Fiji ;) Thanks for always gently kicking my ass.

mrswright2015
mrswright2015
November 1, 2017
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Thank you, Fiji, for the focus on chaturanga. I found in this class that mindfully doing chaturanga helped me pay attention to what was happening at the base of my neck - in short, it feels like the back of my neck does not crunch up because I am mindfully keeping my chin in a better place.

Also, thank you for the wrist stretches. If I've ever had a criticism of your intermediate/advanced classes in the past, it is that I do not feel I have a chance to breathe between movements. This chance gave moments of purposeful rest. Thank you.

Helen Alford
Helen Alford
October 2, 2017
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It was good to have more focus on chataranga. I certainly feel like I did some work in this class, I must admit I skipped some bits and it would have taken a high speed camera to capture my feet lifting but I'm sure if I did this regularly it would make a big difference to my practice.

Mhare
Mhare
September 17, 2017
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I missed seeing you in person today so I did this lovely class. I so need to build the arm strength.

gumbymom
gumbymom
September 17, 2017
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Really like this class. As I continue will my wrist pain diminish? (I'm 50 and a farmer, so they've had a hard life)

ElisseAV
ElisseAV
September 13, 2017
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thank you for this, I think next time i could do 2 milliseconds, wow!

lpyles
lpyles
August 24, 2017
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Fiji I have been doing your classes for 4years and somehow your classes keep getting better. I love the focus on technique and building strength. Thanks for your devotion to bringing us new classes to help develop better practices. Just finished doing your 14 day challenge and this is a great class to follow up that challenge as it really help to increase strength.

carawayandcumin
carawayandcumin
August 18, 2017
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I didn't think I could do a millisecond, but then you convinced me I could, and I did! Then my eyes filled with tears of gratitude for the strength I am building and the fulfillment practicing yoga is giving me. Thank you.

Sea2Sea
Sea2Sea
August 15, 2017
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What an incredible class! Fiji's instruction and encouragement are making this challenging class a weekly go-to for me. My arms are wiped out. The 'breaks' are were enough to keep me going. Thank you so much for this arm-strengthening yoga class!

emhenry
emhenry
August 15, 2017
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Whooosh! This was such a great class! Not just because it really is such a great strength builder, but also because Fiji was just so lovely! When she said "I'll be here for you, you just be here for me" I really felt my heart lift! I am so grateful to Fiji- and this website- for giving me access to such an incredible teacher. Love xx

madisontaylorbrand
madisontaylorbrand
August 14, 2017
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What a great class! I did this after my morning cup of joe, and it brought so much happiness and energy to my day! I absolutely love Fiji's classes and the dynamic flow. I feel like I am right there with her. My arms feel great today! Thanks Fiji!

Kiratee
Kiratee
August 10, 2017
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That was the best class I've done in ages. Your attention to detail and the space you give the poses ensure that we are truly building strength from the most solid base possible. What an excellent and inspiring teacher you are, Fiji :) I hope one day to be able to practice with you in person. Also, thank you to the DYWM team for filming in such a beautiful location. It seemed to make the hard work seem slightly more bearable, haha!

Trudywalker5@gmail.com
Trudywalker5@gmail.com
August 9, 2017
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Just when I think Figi's taught her best class , it just gets better. I love the interaction and when you say smile as I am struggling in a pose.
You shine in this class , and like many others instructors on DYWM I feel beyond grateful for all you have done and are doing for my mind , body and soul!
Peace
tw

LucyHB
LucyHB
August 8, 2017
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Another fantastic class from Fiji, great strengthener for core and shoulders as well as the arms. Not an exhausting, sweaty class though, as she gives us lots of opportunity to take a breather. Nice length too. Thanks Fiji!!