Titibasana – Firefly Pose
Titibasana is such a fun hand/arm balance, it was the first hand balance that I mastered. The first time I ever heard of this pose was in a class where we were practicing it and much to my delight I was able to do it on my first try. I tend to have very open hamstrings, so I think this helped me immensely. I then thought that this was the easiest arm balance, so I decided to teach it very early on in my teaching career. I tried it out and no one in my class could do it and it was a very daunting experience. I realized that this pose is not easy at all because you have to be fairly open and proficient in chaturanga. I now reserve this pose for more of a level 2 class, but it is so fun to practice. The transitions you can do to and from this pose are numerous and a lot of fun to move through. Once you get into the pose, it’s such an interesting sense of floating. Your legs counter balance your bum and if you can straighten your arms, your body becomes practically parallel to the ground. The level of ease that I personally found is a major reason why I LOVE titibasana!!