Tittibhasana (Firefly Pose) – Overview

Lesson Overview

  • Features: Tittibhasana (Firefly Pose)
  • Objective: Become knowledgeable about the pose and review detailed teaching considerations.
  • Description: Explain the Sanskrit naming; contraindications and cautions; associated benefits and typical effects; variations to meet particular intentions and needs; and more teaching considerations.


“tittibha” = fly or insect

Firefly Pose

Also known as: Insect Posture

Heart of Pose

  • Arm Balance + Hamstring Stretch


Just Have Fun With It

A pose like tittibhasana (firefly pose) can derail the most earnest practitioner if she takes the process too seriously. This challenging arm balance both requires and cultivates shraddha and virya. To execute the posture with steadiness and ease, you must commit, with confidence, to a deep forward bend at the hips; work up ample arm strength to support the pose; and activate the legs with enough energy to facilitate the lift and bring lightness to the back body, so you experience a sense of “taking flight.” Don’t get discouraged: very few people can do this pose the first time they try. Just have fun with it. – Christina Sell, Yoga International, A Challenging Balance Pose: Tittibhasana  link

Forces Forward & Back and Up & Down

Tittibhasana is a symmetrical posture that shifts the center of gravity forward from Bakasana. The forward extension through the feet is constrained backward by the outward push of the arms against the thighs. There is also an upward lift of the torso against the downward pull of gravity. – Ray Long, Anatomy for Arm Balances and Inversions  2010 p 62  link

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