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Firefly Pose: Workshop

Intermediate III

This is the final class in a series of three that help you move into the challenging arm balance, firefly pose (tittibhasana). Building on what you learned in Firefly Pose: Arm Strength, and Firefly Pose: Strengthen and Lengthen, Fiji targets flexibility in the legs, hips and back, shoulder strength/flexibility and core strength before moving into the peak pose in this class. If you have never been able to do firefly pose or haven't tried it yet, this may be your answer. Fiji's design of this peak pose challenge is about as good as it gets. Good luck!

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Kellyjeanthomas@gmail.com
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September 8, 2022
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I can’t believe I actually got into the pose! Only for a few seconds but I actually did it!

Ef
Ef
February 3, 2022
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Nice class, but if I don't warm up my wrists before attempting poses like this or crow I end up hurting myself :( I also would't be able to come off the ground in this pose without using a block under each hand.

Nigelpatterson
Nigelpatterson
October 20, 2021
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This was inspiring. I didn’t get into the pose. Partly my mind didn’t seem ready, but I think largely everything fel super tight in my lower body, hamstrings, hips, groin. Is there more practices that work toward this pose, but perhaps a few steps before this practice?

robin miller
robin miller
December 21, 2020
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I have very tight ankles/short achilles tendons and am not able to squat with my feet flat on the floor (nor have I ever been in the 25 years ive practiced yoga). Do you have any suggestions for me to work towards doing firefly? I'm not able to even balance my legs on my arms because I cant get my feet flat -- my hands are not providing a steady enough base. Thank you!!

Fiji McAlpine
Fiji McAlpine
December 29, 2020
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Hi Robin, it is probably the actual structure of your ankle that inhibits the movement! I have limited flexibility in my ankles too. You could try approaching this pose with sturdy blocks under your hands!

LLove
LLove
August 15, 2020
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Fiji's instruction really helped me to gain a new understanding of this pose in my body and mind. I was able to go into the pose and stay for a few breaths. Whereas, before I just plopped right back down.

kimchi
kimchi
May 19, 2020
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This was a fun class - I still can't straighten my legs all the way, but I like doing classes like this at home because I don't have to worry about falling on anyone!

mirstein
mirstein
May 3, 2020
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I did it :) I have tried before, but i have never gotten my legs anywhere near straight, and I think that the initial 2 days building strength and balacing really helped, along with the careful guidance. I am doing this as this first part of the empower youself challenge, and I feel empowered and energized already! Thank you

Bizou
Bizou
January 29, 2019
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Simply AWESOME Fiji! I did it... Well, almost!

Cypress23
Cypress23
October 17, 2018
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I keep coming back to this class and getting my legs straighter each time!

Irishlove
Irishlove
July 13, 2018
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I didn't believe you that the third try would produce an even deeper result, but it did. I actually never heard the plane, only your alignment cues so thank you. I will repeat this class. I do need my legs less wide and my hands back a bit more and to the sides than instructed, but I presume that's just a personal anatomical thing?

I wonder if you would do a similar tutorial on Bakasana?

Thank you so much and Namaste from Ireland.

NatalieNZ
NatalieNZ
June 1, 2018
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Dear Fiji,
Day 3 of this intermediate yoga challenge.
About two years ago I started DYWM and your classes used to scare the heck out of me.
My - how far we have all come together!
Just completed multiple times, gracefully and with a smile as wide as my extended legs - titivasana.
Can hardly believe it but it happened just as you said.
I thought I should share that with you.
Thank you for guiding me everyday to the strength and center of the being I am and am becoming.

NatalieNZ
NatalieNZ
June 1, 2018
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Dear Fiji,
Day 3 of this intermediate yoga challenge.
About two years ago I started DYWM and your classes used to scare the heck out of me.
My - how far we have all come together!
Just completed multiple times, gracefully and with a smile as wide as my extended legs - titivasana.
Can hardly believe it but it happened just as you said.
I thought I should share that with you.
Thank you for guiding me everyday to the strength and center of the being I am and am becoming.

Sharon Barnes
Sharon Barnes
May 18, 2018
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Thanks Figi You are a fantastic teacher and motivator. I never would have though I could do firefly or crow but now they are part of my week.y practice ( not as pretty). I am in family practice medicine x 20 years and have been an athlete my entire life , however just recently integrated the practice of yoga.
I have joined your site this year and frequently tell my patients about your great access here. Thank you and keep up the Great Work!,

hazab
hazab
May 1, 2018
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This is the first yoga class I've done that's made me laugh out loud, and I was smiling ridiculously throughout savasana. I didn't make the post, mind you (can't straighten my legs for the life of me), but I did balance all my weight on my hands, which doesn't happen too often. After reading people's comments, I repeated the second part of this workshop before moving straight into this video. Thanks for all the wonderful work, Fiji! Your classes always make me smile. :)

kcairney
kcairney
January 5, 2018
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I thought this was a good progression from the other two classes and I believe there is some real truth in what Fiji says about the mind–body connection. While trying multiple times to get into the final pose, I fell over every time but even that 'falling' helped me overcome the 'fear' of falling an enjoy the playful journey of this pose. As we get older, we tend to live our lives up in your head and are far away from the floor. This is a gradual process over years and, over time, compounds our fear of falling when faced with these poses. This disconnection from the ground often prevents us from enjoying or even trying these activities, where, as a kid, you would just keep on trying until you made it. It's great to reconnect with that 'inner child' as I think we all seem to lose this sense of fun as we become adults and are conditioned to move further away from the floor..

Nancy_
Nancy_
January 3, 2018
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I did this workshop for the intermediate challenge and totally disliked it. We are not enough well stretched and well prepared to get in the peak pose and felt more like we had to do the 3 workshops in line to have the real stretch we need to get into it.
It would have been better if it was more considered as a full yoga class that leads us to firefly pose with a review of the exercise of the last 2 classes than a workshop that is concluded in 20 minutes only.

David Procyshyn
David Procyshyn
January 3, 2018
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My wife and I just did this class today and although I felt like I was warm enough, I can see how others might feel differently. We have thought about this before, and have posted a comment at the top of each Peak Pose Challenge encouraging students to do classes, particularly the shorter and final classes, back-to-back, to get the most out of the progression. So if you consider doing this challenge again, try doing the last two together. I imagine you'll feel a lot more prepared.

Helen Alford
Helen Alford
December 10, 2017
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It was fun doing this and I'm going to keep trying. What I feel is that my hamstrings aren't long enough to extend my legs fully in this position. But I can do a seated forward fold so perhaps it's the fact that my hips aren't high enough? My toes just about leave the ground but won' t go any further.
Great timing with the airplane :-)

SarahB2214
SarahB2214
November 4, 2017
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I just completed all three classes in the Firefly series, and although I wasn't able to fully make it into this pose, I'm hopeful I will someday. It wasn't pretty... I was able to get my legs off the ground, but I struggled with straightening them while also lifting my hips up. I flopped on my butt with all three attempts, but I was able to hold Awkward Firefly (haha) for a few seconds the last time I attempted, so that's progress! I loved how encouraging and and genuine Fiji was throughout this series. I've always been uncomfortable with attempting poses that require a lot of wrist work due to having severe Carpal Tunnel in both wrists while pregnant. So to say the least, my wrists still bug me some to this day, but Fiji's sensitive approach to awakening the wrists for the demands of this pose made this challenge possible for me. I will definitely complete this series again soon!

caitlin.louise
caitlin.louise
November 3, 2017
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Can tell you're really 'feeling it' in this one! 2nd time around via this challenge was even better, thanks for teaching some real life ways to see the world while yoga-ing.. when I started yoga ~4 months ago I never thought I would be this person but, yoga has really been "a drop in the bucket in the right direction" for me! :) Thanks, Fijiii!

Melanie Lichtinger
Melanie Lichtinger
November 3, 2017
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HA! Loved what happened in this process, even though I didn't 'make' it into the pose. This is my first time playing with firefly, 'even though' arm balances have been always a challenge since my wrists hurt when I put too much pressure on them. But the prep in the last two days, and Fiji's clear, precise, motivating guidance helped me see what's essential (shooting the body into two directions), and now it needs to land more in the body, with practice. Good to see how easily that happens with squat, and with Warrior 3. Loved consciously finding the genuine contentment and patience.
And it all was beautifully aligned with the TAURUS - SCORPIO Full Moon this evening (yes, pulling us into two directions, as we're invited to balance dropping into something that might feel scary but can be so transformational, and feeling the contentment in the body for where it goes - currently).
Much Love and Happy Full Moon!

lyd_grace
lyd_grace
October 27, 2017
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Thanks Fiji for my favorite new plank - "ker-plank"!

HeatherSue
HeatherSue
October 7, 2017
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The compassion and support that Fiji offers in this class is like nothing else ! I sometimes get nervous trying arm balances because I worry that my wrists are going to collapse beneath my weight, but the guidance and emotional support that she provides definitely made me less anxious and more confident in lifting my feet off the ground when trying this tricky pose. I couldn't ask for a better teacher :)

cirvine06
cirvine06
October 1, 2017
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This is wonderful! I did the pose my first time trying and it's because of how well Fiji sets it up, both in this video and the two other videos in this series. I was really surprised I was able to do it honestly, but I loved being able to. Looking forward to coming back to this series to continue getting better at the pose!

Majcom
Majcom
September 26, 2017
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Thank you so much Fiji, this is wonderful! It was not real pretty or held for very long, but I did it!!

Sea2Sea
Sea2Sea
September 12, 2017
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I am 'flexibly challenged' : ) and have knee issues yet I have hope that I will be able to successfully complete this pose soon. I've been enjoying the other classes Fiji has in this set and this is a great conclusion. Fiji's encouragement is personal, genuine, and so motivating to me. Thank you so much for this class!

jenniferorsatti
jenniferorsatti
September 9, 2017
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I love all of Fiji's practices! This one is especially so wonderful, although I didn't make it fully into the pose just yet. I have always struggled getting into Titivasana, but with this workshop practice, I can feel myself making my way into it very soon. Your instructions are always so well guided and so motivational.

Thank you for the most wonderful practices!

emhenry
emhenry
September 6, 2017
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Squeeee! I did it! Thank you so much for your excellence guidance, Fiji. I feel joyful, not really because I got into the full expression, but because you led me to this point with such patience and humour. I feel light and my heart is happy! With love and gratitude xx

Fiji McAlpine
Fiji McAlpine
September 8, 2017
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If the practice made you full of joy and your heart is happy I think you did make it into the full expression. The full pose varies for us all day to day, it is taking it fully to where you can in that moment!