Grasshopper is one of my very favourite poses and after a whole lot of practice it's one of those poses I can just pop into no matter if I am warmed up or not. However, if you are working towards this pose then it requires a whole lot of warming up! Not only do you need open hips, it's also a pretty big twist. I think that often the key to poses like this is to acknowledge where you need to pause before moving onto the next step. Standing pigeon pose (the first image) might be a strong pose for you right now so maybe this is where you need to stay for right now. Like all yoga this pose requires a lot of listening to your body.
I must confess that this is a pose which I never thought that I would be able to get into. I had tried and failed several times and I couldn't understand what was missing. What was actually missing was just practice. Practice, practice, practice. And then more practice. Yep you get it! So while at yoga teacher training where we did A LOT of practice #EveryDamnDay I found myself floating up into this pose like I had been doing it my whole life. Either that or I slid into it due to all the sweat produced by being in a yoga studio, in July, in a heatwave, with 13 other yogis!
How to do Grasshopper Pose
Begin in a standing position. Shift your weight into your right foot, bend the right knee and then cross the left ankle over the right knee for standing pigeon pose. Keep the left foot flexed as you elongate the spine and shift the weight away from the toes of the standing foot. Hands come to the heart centre.
From there we are going to take a really big twist, take a deep breath and then twist to the right on the exhale. The left foot is going to connect to the upper left arm. Pause here and take a few deep breaths.
From here take the gaze towards the right hand side of the mat and bend the standing leg. Keeping that nice big twist bring your hands down to the right hand side of the long edge of your yoga mat. Place the hands about shoulder distance apart and plug the knuckles of the fingers into the mat.Bring your chest through your upper arms, gaze forwards and lean your weight onto your hands. Engage the core by pulling the belly button in and up! Hopefully we have lift off. Take a moment to find your balance and then work on extending that right leg out to the side, push out of the bottom of the heel. You can then gaze on the mat in front of you or bring your gaze towards your extended foot. Breathe!
Come out slowly and then do the other side. Rest in child's pose for a few breaths.
Have fun, stay playful and listen to your body!
Related: How to do Supported Headstand
What yoga poses would you like me to break down next? Let me know in the comments.