13 responses to “Challenge Pose: Grasshopper”

  1. Mandi

    I saw this pose and thought: “what? how?” LOL. As a yoga instructor I LOVE this blog, not only because it takes my practice farther, but also because I’m learning 1) new modified poses to teach my students, 2) new challenging poses for my advanced students, 3) new ways to get into challenging poses. One of my students reads this blog, and every class after it comes out we’ll work on the challenge pose together. Thank you for giving so much to me and my students in one blog. Now, about grasshopper… love it! Have never seen it before, but was able to find my balance in the pose with your wonderful explanation. Can’t wait to teach my students that wonderful chair modification! :)

  2. Kathryn Budig

    Mandy, that just made me smile because it’s exactly what I hope for when I write this. I’m so glad they are useful and continue to have fun!
    xoxo

  3. Mick1

    I want to learn moreabout Yoga,and the health benefits. I suffer from high blood pressure and diabetes 2.
    So would love to learn assanas to combate these.
    Mick

  4. Heather

    I accidentally got into this pose in a class one morning! You never know what you can do until you try…the key is finding instructors who can provide the next step! Thanks for the detailed explanation. I’m still working on getting that hip off my elbow, and I know someday it will just accidentally happen!
    Namaste~~

  5. What Is Yoga 2 U

    Does practicing yoga include making others “green with envy” and “thoroughly proud and impressed”? Just asking.

  6. Sarah

    This is awesome! Brought my daughter to see Justin Bieber twice this year, so I can feel the love! Had to give “grasshopper” a whirl, love it, my hips are smiling! Will keep practicing until I can keep the opposite hip off the elbow, either way, fun, fun, fun!

  7. Kathryn Budig

    @Mick, YogaJournal.com will hopefully serve as a lovely resource to you! I hope the practice helps with your health.
    @Heather, I love happy accidents and I’m sure you’ll have many more!
    @What is yoga 2 u, to me, practicing yoga means having a wonderful sense of humour and open mind. it’s about seeing the positive instead of looking from a place of fear or judgement. both of those comments were written to make people smile and laugh.

  8. Ell

    I asked my teacher if we could work on chaturanga in class last night. We ended up spending 20 minutes getting my alignment right from downdog to plank to chaturanga, and making each step correct and strong. I need the good chaturanga arms to get into this pose someday!
    I love these challenge poses and that they encourage me to work in the fundamentals so I can safely and enjoyably play with them!

  9. Sarah

    This is awesome! Brought my daughter to see Justin Bieber twice this year, so I can feel the love! Had to give “grasshopper” a whirl, love it, my hips are smiling! Will keep practicing until I can keep the opposite hip off the elbow, either way, fun, fun, fun!

  10. mamayogibear

    I just gave this a try and am a bit confused on the placement of the extended leg. Does it go out sideways (if so I nailed it)? Or does it go directly behind you (if so please explain)? I guess I should be able to tell from the pics but my ancient ten year old computer doesn’t show the best images.
    Cheers

  11. David

    Thanks for the great instruction. It was clear with great steps leading up to such a difficult pose.

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  13. StudioLiveTV

    Amazing! How you could make such an asana (in all its immense complexity and seemingly impossibility) look doable and easy is simply amazing.
    I know I’m not ready for Grasshopper yet. But I think that after reading your step-by-step instructions, I just might be a tiny step closer and more confident in thinking that I will be able to one day :)
    Namaste
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