For many yogis, arm balances can seem a little scary and completely unattainable.
Many of the foundational postures — Chaturanga, Plank, Downward Dog, etc. — will help you develop the arm /shoulder strength, core stamina and balance that you’ll need for arm balances. Hip openers (think Pigeon) also play a vital role in advancing in arm balances.
Engage your core, stare, and BREATHE!
We say this so often in class, but in any arm balance, it’s critical. Remember to pull your belly button to your spine, draw the low rib in, stare ahead, and breathe steadily.
As the Crow Flies
Crow Pose (Bakasana) is an excellent posture to prepare you for more advanced arm balances. We’ll also explore approaches to Firefly Pose (Tittibhasana), Shoulder-Pressing Pose (Bhujapidasana), Scale Pose (Tolasana), and Pose Dedicated to the Sage Koundinyasa (Eka Pada