New poses, new arm balances, new transitions. The last couple of weeks have been amazing for my asana practice. I had the privilege to work together with two amazing, fun and great teachers (and personalities) – Nadine Sharkey and Rachel Berryman – at the 300 hours Yoga Teacher Training Course at Sampoorna Yoga in India. Both are incredible creative in their flows and came up with all kinds of new poses I had never done before. Today I like to share the Baby Grasshopper pose with you guys.
The baby grasshopper is an arm balance, although you still have one foot on the floor. But then again: Side plank is an arm balance as well. The full grasshopper (you find a photo on my blog) requires and strength and a deep twist. This baby one is easier, because you still have one leg that will give you a lot of power to balance. The trick here is holding on to the foot and stretching the leg at the same time.
Getting into Baby Grasshopper
- Start in Tadasana
- Place your left leg behind your right leg, with your left foot on the outside of your right
- Bend forward, placing both hands on the floor and sliding your left foot further to the right. You can go all the way to the floor with your buttocks, but I prefer to hover just above the floor.
- Grab hold of your left big toe or the outside of your left foot with your right thumb, index finger and middle finger or with your full hand
- Lift your right armpit of your right knee and bring it in front of your leg
- Straighten your left leg
- Bend your left arm till it’s 90 degrees flexed at the elbow in a chaturanga arm
- Bring your pelvis a bit forward, so it’s parallel to the floor
Benefits of Baby Grasshopper
- Good for digestion thanks to the twist
- Opens the hip
- Builds core strength
- Strengthens the legs
- Strengthens the arms and shoulders
Source: Light on Yoga - BKS Iyengar Key muscles of Yoga – Ray Long Ashtanga – David Swenson Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha – Swami Satyananda Saraswati