Posted on March 4th, 2013
Arm balances can be some of the most fun and exhilarating yoga poses to practice, but for a lot of people, they can be scary and intimidating. For one, most people have a fear of falling. Even though we constantly say that yoga is a practice and that it’s ok to fall, people automatically correlate falling with failure. Second, a lot of people shy away from arm balances because they feel like they don’t have the balance or the upper body strength. If you think about it, we don’t use our arms, shoulders and chest that often. We are on our feet most of the time, so it’s pretty common, especially for women, to lack the upper body strength that is needed to do some of these poses.
A great way to start building balance and upper body strength for arm balances is practicing plank pose (maybe adding in some mini push-ups) and downward dog. Practicing plank is great because it forces you to engage your arms, strengthening the weight bearing muscles of the arm that are crucial for succeeding in more advanced arm balances.
Arm balances have a few very important benefits. They can help build upper body strength which in turn, builds bone density which over time, can prevent the loss of mineralization in the bones in the upper body – also known as osteoporosis. Arm balances also require a certain amount of balance which can prevent falls and broken bones which is important especially as we get older.
You can use our Search Feature to search through all of our Arm Balance classes on your own. To get you started without searching, we’re highlighting six arm balance classes in a variety of styles, levels and durations that will be sure to help you cultivate endurance and stamina.
- Breaking Down Tripod Headstand & Arm Balances with Christina Sell: A steady and informative class that explores the component parts of tripod headstand and several introductory arm balances. Expect hip opening, strong core work, a few inspiring pep talks and a chance to refine and deepen your understanding of these commonly practiced postures.
- Continuous Arm Balance Practice with Elena Brower: This continuous arm balance practice focuses on one detail; broadening your collarbones to soften and inhabit your heart. Each time you broaden your collarbones, feel your heart emerge, open, expand and get softer; this allows you to receive and ground energy to support you in your arm balances. A full range of poses from Pincha Mayurasana all the way to Eka Pada Koundinyasana II, with Vashistha variations and a few other fun surprises. Return to this one to play and chart your progress.
- Arm Balancing for Beginners with Kathryn Budig: Find your physical and mental power to dive into arm balancing! Forget fear this is geared towards the 1/2 student learning to balance. Crow, hoping into Crow, Baby Crow, Flying Pigeon, 3 Side Planks and Side Crow are broken down in detail.
- Arm Balance Flow with Dice lida-Klein: A full spectrum 90 minute class. We try to navigate through as many arm balances as possible in 90 minutes. Handstands, forearm balance, eka pada koundinyasana I & II, ashtavakrasana (crooked pose), vasisthasana (side plank), visvamitrasana and even titthibasana (firefly pose). A strong standing section plus an ample amount of core work is followed by time in inversions, a few backbends and twists accompanied by some forward folds. Enjoy my fellow yogis. Long live the full 90min class!
- Build Up to Handstand Mentally & Physically with Noah Maze: Get educated and systematically prepared for handstand with sun salutations, shoulder openers, standing poses, and work at the wall. Whether you are a proficient handstander, or whether you wish for the courage to start a handstand practice, this class will help you engage and refine this powerful pose, while increasing your confidence and trust in yourself.
- Exploration of 3rd Series Arm Balances with Jodi Blumstein: This class is an improvisational exploration of the 3rd series Arm Balances. The third series is called “Sthira Baga”, or The Breath of God. This sequence is traditionally taught after the student has been practicing for some time. But here we are approaching the arm balances in a lighthearted fashion that any advanced Flow student can also follow. You will need 2 blocks and a strap for the class.
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Posted on November 23rd, 2009