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


Nice challenge and a unique
PeacefulRN 1 year ago

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!

This was such an excellent
TeamWolffland 1 year ago

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

I wanted to quit so bad...
rainbreau 1 year ago

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.

Shoulder Strength and Neck Release
mrswright2015 1 year ago

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.

It was good to have more
Helen Alford 1 year ago

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.

My arms will love u
Mhare 1 year ago

I missed seeing you in person today so I did this lovely class. I so need to build the arm strength.

gumbymom 1 year ago

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)

thank you for this, I think
ElisseAV 1 year ago

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

So Perfect!
lpyles 1 year ago

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.

Thanks for the encouragement
carawayandcumin 1 year ago

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.