Bird of Paradise is one of my favourite yoga poses -- a real test of strength, stability and stretch.
It was one of those yoga poses that, when I first began attending yoga classes, I never thought I would be able to do. It just looked too gnarly and knotty.
Then one day, a couple of years or so after I began my practice, a teacher invited us to try it. I suddenly realised I could step my back foot forward and from there it was just a matter of working with the balance to raise myself up and fly.
If tight hips are stopping you from flying into your Bird of Paradise, check out my other tip on opening your hips with Lizard Pose.
While maintaining the balance is tough, I soon learned the real challenge of Bird of Paradise isn't necessarily getting in, but maintaining the control as you come back out again! Give it a go, I'd love to see how you get on.
And always remember -- balancing is just falling in all directions at once.
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