Also Known as Tittibhasana
About the Pose/asana
Firefly Pose is a seated type of asana in which the entire body is balanced only through the use of wrists. For beginners, it would be a difficult pose to perform as their body (especially their legs) won't be able to straighten out fully.
Benefits of Firefly Pose/asana
* It helps in the strengthening of wrists and arms.
* It contributes to the stretching of the back torso and inner groins.
* It helps improve our sense of balance.
* It helps tone the belly.
How to do Firefly Pose or Tittibhasana?
Step 1: Sit in a squatting position with your legs spread to the length of your shoulders.
Step 2: Place your arms in a way that the palms are in the middle of your legs. Place them firmly on the floor, fingers pointing in the forward direction.
Step 3: Exert pressure on your upper arms in order to straighten them out. This would allow you to start shifting the center of gravity of your body a little bit up. Try to lift your torso as well as your feet off the floor.
Step 4: While lifting yourself up try to extend your legs as much as possible.
Step 5: Try to fully stretch and straighten out your arms as well.
A word of caution!
It would be beneficial for you to not perform this pose if you are suffering from any of the following injuries:
* Elbow injury
* Shoulder injury
* Wrist injury
* Lower back injury
The best things about the Firefly Pose is that if you fall out of the pose (which would happen quite regularly with beginners) you would land on your butt, and not your head as may the case be in some other arm balancing poses. The damage done then would be minimal.
Tips for Beginners
Beginners would not be able to fully stretch their limbs in front of them. Hence, they can opt to bend their legs at the knees and cross their legs.
Beginners can make use of some props as well. If they are not able to lift their feet off the floor then they can place them on a pair of blocks.
If you are a beginner or you want to warm up before you do the Firefly Pose, following poses can be performed for warming up your arms and wrists:
* Baddha Konasana
* Garudasana (arms only)
Once you have completed the pose, you can follow it up with the following poses:
* Adho Mukha Svanasana
* Urdhva Mukha Svanasana