We're back with another installment of our Funky Transitions mini series. I am a big fan of making my yoga practice a lot like a dance. I don't care for using a mat, and I just like to go with the flow, and link poses together as I see fit and fun. This is a new favorite transition - going from tripod headstand to baby flying pigeon.
Before you hop into it, be sure that your tripod headstand and baby flying pigeon are on point on their own. You should be able to hold each one for at least five to seven breaths. You should feel comfortable cycling your legs in tripod headstand, which is important because that means you've got the strength and balance to move from the headstand into the baby flying pigeon.
If you're not quite there yet with either pose, no worries. Just keep working on your core and upper body strength and file this info away for when you do have them down pat. You'll get there, don't worry!
You'll start in a little pod for your headstand.
Then, use your upper body and core strength to push into tripod headstand. Take a few deep breaths here, and then begin to bend your legs and cross your left ankle over your right thigh. Keep your toes activated and spread here - this helps to keep your legs muscles engaged which will help you not to dump weight into your head.
Slowly, and with control, lower your legs down until your left shin rests on the shelf of your elbows. Once it's there, begin to shift your gaze toward the ground close to your face, and push into your arms. Use your core strength and upper body strength to lift up, coming into baby flying pigeon.
Let me know how it goes for you down in the comments below, and feel free to share a photo on instagram with the hashtag #ybcyogis so I can check it out!
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