How To Nail Grasshopper Pose In 5 Steps

Grasshopper is a challenging arm balance. It not only tests your strength, but it also requires flexibility in your hips and an openness in your twists. Remember to warm up the hips and upper body and add a few twists and sun salutations to your warm-up before attempting this posture.

If you’ve never tried this before, take it step by step, and don’t forget to take a few cycles of breath in between.

Here's your step-by-step guide to nailing grasshopper pose.

1. Start in Utkatasana.

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Start in chair pose, bending the knees and tucking the tailbone down towards the floor. Bring your hands to the your heart center.

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2. Place the right ankle on top of the left thigh.

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From here, open the right hip out so that the right shin is parallel to the floor.

3. Twist.

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Twist towards the left from the upper body and wrap the sole of the right foot around the upper right arm.

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4. Come down to the floor.

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Keeping the sole of the right foot connected to the right arm, place your hands onto the floor to the left side, about shoulder width

apart.

5. Fly!

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Bend the elbows at a 90 degree angle like you would in Chaturanga (or push-up position). Lean your weight towards the hands,

slowly freeing the left foot off the floor.

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6. Hold.

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Once the left foot is off the floor, stay here for a few breaths, or extend the left leg out forward. To come out, place the left foot back onto the floor to come out.

Remember to switch sides, and have fun!

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