Tittibhasana (Firefly Pose) registers as 24* on BKS Iyengar’s 60* scale of difficulty.
Iyengar suggests approaching Tittibhasana from Dwi Pada Sirsasana, but you can do Tittibhasana without this potentially uncomfortable step. Here’s how. To do Tittibhasana, squat into Malasana with your feet hip distance apart and your hands on the ground. Then, lift yourself up slightly to weave your hands back behind your ankles and to the outsides of your feet. Place the backs of your thighs onto your upper arms. Press down firmly into the mat with your hands and begin to lift one, possibly two, legs with bent knees. Once both legs are airborne with bent knees, straighten them. Then, straighten your arms as much as possible.
Sometimes, getting into a challenging pose just requires a new approach. How do you approach Tittibhasana?