How to do Tittibhasana (Firefly Pose)

Tittibhasana or firefly pose is a pose in the Ashtanga yoga second series. In this post, you’ll learn how to do tittibhasana and discover the benefits of doing the pose.

This powerful arm balance gives you practice lifting your body off the ground. It’s fun to try because it requires both flexibility and endurance.

Benefits of tittibhasana

The benefits of firefly pose include:

  • Strengthening the shoulders, arms, and wrists
  • Stretching the chest and front of the body
  • Stimulating the abdominal organs

Contraindications of tittibhasana

The contraindications of firefly pose include:

  • Wrist injury
  • Shoulder injury

If you have any wrist or shoulder injuries, please consult your doctor before doing this pose.

How to do firefly pose

Here’s how to do tittibhasana:

Traditionally you would jump into this pose, but because we’re just starting out, we’ll move into it slowly from standing.

Stand with your feet a little wider than hip-width. Fold forward and put your hands on the ground.

Bring your shoulder between your legs.

Bend your knees so your thighs are resting on top of your upper arms. Your hands are flat on the ground with the fingers pointing forward.

Engage your core and inhale and straighten your legs.

Squeeze your thighs toward each other into your body.

Keep your collarbone broad.

Lift from your core.

Stay here for five breaths before slowly coming out of the pose.

For more detail about how to do the pose watch this video with Kino.

Now you’re ready to give firefly pose a try. Remember to be patient with yourself and keep trying. These poses come with practice. You might have to work on your flexibility and strength before you can get into this pose. That’s okay. No one was born doing this pose. We all had to practice.

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