Asana of the Month – August 2014: Tittibasana

This month, it’s Tittibhasana (Firefly Pose). During the sultry nights of August, fireflies light up the sky like a thousand little stars, their dance reminding us of the sheer joy of being alive. Read more!

Each month we choose a pose to focus on in each class through strong attention to alignment, variations, and/or modifications as a way to grow and expand our yogic horizons.

Yoga and Meditation teacher Cyndi Lee writes beautifully about Tittibhasana in yogajournal.com:

Tittibhasana, also called Firefly Pose, … requires you to balance oppositional forces: It invites you to support yourself on your hands while you lift your legs like wings, and to soften into the quietness of a forward bend while hovering above the earth and holding on tight.

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When you begin to investigate Tittibhasana, it might appear that the secret to doing it is core strength. When you look again, it might seem to be all about long hamstrings; perhaps you need robust arms, or maybe just a sense of adventure. Of course, the pose requires you to integrate all of the above. Combining a forward bend, an arm balance, and a hip-opening pose, Tittibhasana is a tall order. But when you get it, you will have the experience of both flying and landing.

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Finally, the flickering firefly is a reminder that both light and dark, activity and receptivity, are needed to find a workable balance in any given situation. Real integration occurs when two or more energies become interdependent, each one supporting and interacting with the other, leading to a new and alive experience. Integration means never rejecting anything and instead viewing all of your feelings, emotional and physical, as the sacred ingredients for a rich and positive life. A life that flies, flickers, lands, and arrives fresh in every moment.

Benefits:

  • Strengthens the arms and wrists
  • Stretches the inner groins and back torso
  • Tones the belly
  • Improves balance
  • May be therapeutic for certain lower back pain, indigestion, fatigue, and constipation

Cautions/Contraindications:

Shoulder, elbow, wrist, and low-back injuries

Preparatory Poses:

  • Hamstring openers such as: Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog), Uttanasana (Standing Forward Fold), Supta Padangusthasana (Reclining Big Toe Pose), and Trikonasana (Triangle Pose)
  • Malasana (Garland Pose, aka yogic squat)
  • Bakasana (Crane Pose)
  • Garudasana (Eagle Pose)
  • Baddha Konasana (Bound-Angle Pose)

Song that Most Comes to Mind While in the Posture:

The Rolling Stones’ “Shattered.”

And Dibora joins us for the first time to demo the pose this month!

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