Hi there, November! I can’t believe you’re here already, but I welcome you with the snuggliest arms! Is that a word? If you dare to fly, we’re starting this month with Flying Lizard. Think of this one as Lizard and Eka Pada Koundinyasana II shacking up and having a baby, and that’s Flying Lizard! There are a few ways to approach this one, and we’ll outline the stages so you can play around and just see where your body’s at and what kind of fears (and faceplants) you’ll need to check off as you go.
- Begin in lizard lunge with your palm on the inside of your bent front leg. You’ll need open hips for this one, so be sure you’re warmed up and then experiment deepening the lunge by maybe coming down to your forearms
- If that’s accessible, start to shimmy your shoulder underneath your armpit and leg so that your mid-thigh is as high up your arm as you can get it
- Clamp your leg around your bicep (or even higher if you’re able, since it will undoubtedly fall or slip down slightly as you’re entering the full expression)
- Begin to lean forward slightly as you activate your core and lift your back leg
- Because what’s working and stretching mimics Eka Pada Koundinyasana II, keep that same alignment in mind. Maintain a 90 degree angle in your arms, and for an added challenge, shift your weight slightly forward and bend your back leg to make it a flying lizard scorpion baby!
Benefits of Flying Lizard:
- Strengthens arms and wrists
- Tones the belly and spine
- Stretches and opens hamstrings
- Increases coordination and improves balance
- Quiets self-doubt and encourages stepping outside of comfort zones
Try it out, lizards! Start this month by falling (or flying) into something new. Everything you want is on the other side of fear!