Put on Your Wings | Flying Lizard Tutorial
As a kid, I had a recurring and very vivid dream that I could fly. Every morning after this dream, though I knew actual lift off was unlikely – I would catch myself constantly daydreaming about that sensation I felt so strongly in my dream. The release of gravity, the lightness, the freedom! Years later, when I found myself growing in my yoga practice, I began to love practicing arm balances. Though I don’t necessarily feel “light and free” all the time in these poses, the fact that I can learn to lift my feet off the earth is a pretty magical thing for my inner kiddo.
Today’s arm balance: flying lizard pose!
Here are 3 reasons you should give it a try…
- Strengthens and tones the arms, legs and core.
- You’re only a few inches from the earth, making falling not so scary. This fact also makes flying lizard easy to come in and out of several times. If at first…or second…or third you don’t succeed… try, try again!
- It’s not the most common of arm balances so it’s a good one to get you thinking and aware of body mechanics including the importance of deep breaths. Practicing awareness like this is always a good idea!
Let’s get to it!
Warm-up | Several rounds of Sun Salutations are recommended before hopping into a pose as deep as this. Move through some warrior 1 poses and add on a humble warrior to help release tension in the hips before trying out this pose.
Time to fly!
You can stay as you are and just work the prep for this pose today. If you are ready to try the arm balance…
Counter Poses | Transition through a vinyasa flow and then be sure to do the other side. After you have tried the pose on both right and left sides, take a few moments in a seated position with some neck stretches and perhaps take a reclined hero pose to release the hip flexors and stretch the core.