VOLO Hot Yoga Tutorial Series
Yoga Instructor: Rhyanna Watson | @rhyannawatson
The Firefly pose (Tittibhasana in Sanskrit) is named after fascinating winged beetles known as fireflies. This advanced asana is a challenging arm balance that invites patience, practice, and flight all wrapped up in one beautiful movement.
- The arms must be so strong to keep you from falling on the butt. There is so much fear that needs to be released from the hips and mind before taking flight.
- The pose requires dedication and practice to obtain. It encourages concentration and willpower to hold. While not a traditional heart opener, the sternum lifts and the shoulders melt back in Firefly Pose to help open the heart.
- This pose challenges growth and patience. Over time, all that hard work benefits the brain’s ability to let go of stress, decrease anxiety, and increase self-compassion and acceptance.
- Firefly pose is a deep hamstring and hip stretch, and it also stretches the groins, torso and back. The arms and wrists are strengthened in this arm balance. The abdominal muscles engage and become stronger through lifting the body.
- The psoas and rectus femoris flex the hips to keep the legs lifted and straight. The adductor muscles in the inner legs hug into the arms and the rotator cuff muscles stabilize the arms. Firefly pose is an arm balance so it works the muscles in the body to increase strength and balance.
- Surprisingly, it also stretches the feet as the toes extend and lengthen in the final variation of this pose.
“The Firefly Pose invites a deep look at the namesake and how to channel the inner light. Firefly Pose promotes inner awareness so you can also emit your own unique inner light that is not wasted energy or harmful to others. This pose is all about the inner radiance and spiritual luminosity. With practice, Firefly Pose promotes a light mind, body, and soul. Feel free to share other holistic benefits of Firefly Pose!”