Firefly Pose: Arm Strength

Fiji McAlpine
Instructor Fiji McAlpine
Average: 4.9 (95 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


jennyharry 2 years 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.

Melanie Lichtinger 2 years ago

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 2 years 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!

PeacefulRN 2 years 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!

TeamWolffland 2 years 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

rainbreau 2 years 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.

mrswright2015 2 years 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.

Helen Alford 2 years 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.

Mhare 2 years ago

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

gumbymom 2 years 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)