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Kate on Firebird


“I have a fascination with watching a flock of birds in flight change direction,” says Kate Potter. “It seems that on cue, and with one tilt, the whole direction of the flock changes.”

Kate draws a parallel between this intuitive aviary flow with the very essence of humanity.

“Our bodies are like this too,” Kate observes. “If we watch closely, even our minds can turn that easily. One slight tilt and the whole picture looks different.”

This is the inspiration behind the Firebird sequence. The purpose of this practice is to open the hips, and the eyes.

“When I created this sequence and still now when I do the sequence, I make sure my eyes and body are very alert to notice the world from all angles,” Kate said. “How easy it is to get stuck with one view!”

“When we filmed this sequence, the views were spectacular as we were turning back and then front,” Kate says. “Wow! Beautiful British Columbia.”


From a technical standpoint, Kate feels the practice is best suited to yogis with more compact frames. She advises those with knee injuries practice Firebird with caution, or consider avoiding it.

“We are continually shifting between flying high in our breath body links, then getting low; as though gliding along the surface of the water,” Kate says. “The use of the hips in the Firebird sequence is phenomenal! The hips must be willing to sink back when the arms are forward; then lift in order to face the world behind you. This is key! It may have some realizing the importance of finding freedom in the lower body as the legs and hips work together.”

Does Kate’s synopsis of the Firebird sequence help you in your practice? Are your hips able to transition from front to back?

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