Filled with twists and major body extensions, Bird of Paradise is a challenging yoga pose that’s great for improving balance and stability, mental concentration, flexibility and overall strength.
However, as with any other yoga pose, the best way to achieve Bird Of Paradise is to slowly build up into it. You have to gradually open the parts of your body that need to be stretched out, and strengthen the parts that need to hold the shape. Thankfully, our favourite yogi and regular contributor, Kate Kendall has broken it down for us.
Ever wondered how to get into Bird of Paradise? Practice makes perfect, so ease your way into one or all of these postures to make your way into one of my favourite balances. Note: if you have a shoulder injury, stay out of this sequence until healed – Kate Kendall.
What does it do: Prepares the hips and shoulders.
What does it do: Prepares the hamstrings.
What does it do: Further prepares shoulders, hips, and hamstrings, plus gives your spine a sweet twist.
Standing firmly on your left foot with gaze out in front for focus, begin to lift your right knee and foot.
Stay here or keep lifting the leg until you can squeeze it straight. Enjoy the view and breath deeply.