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Level 1/2
60 min

Arm Balancing for Beginners

Hatha | By Kathryn Budig on Jul 30 2011
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.


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.


  • Taylor Winkleman     Dec 8th, 2014
    I've been working Crow for about 4 years, and was always intimidated by Side Crow- and it happened today! Thank you for such a lovely and empowering practice!
  • Stephanie McKay     Nov 30th, 2014
    Thank you so much for this wonderful class Kathryn! I always felt so intimidated by arm balances - didn't even know where to begin. Your explanations and breakdowns of each pose were so helpful. I was able to do the adjusted side crow and I broke into a huge smile!!
  • Nisha Bhavnani     Nov 25th, 2014
    thanks loads! namaste
  • Amber Kirby     Oct 10th, 2014
    I have always assumed that I could not do crow... But your instruction showed me that I CAN! The detailed tips and "kick stands" will get me there. Thank you!
  • Kendra Urzada     Oct 7th, 2014
    Thank you for another amazing class, I have come so far in my practice thanks to your inspiring classes and pose break downs. Namaste!
  • Ceresia Blanchard     Sep 10th, 2014
    Thank you so much Kathryn! This class was amazing. This was my first time trying arm balances and I feel much more confident that once I continue taking this class that I will have mastered them. I just ordered yoga blocks and a strap so that I can further my practice. I appreciate your energy and your talent. Namaste beautiful. xoxo
  • Jenel Michel     Jun 14th, 2014
    Wow thanks so much Kathryn! This class was great. Your instruction & language are very clear & make it very easy to follow into these poses. Loved all the variations. Thanks again
  • Jen Coco     Jun 10th, 2014
    Wow, this class gave me so much confidence and I really excited to start practicing my arm balances more! Thank you for the modifications as well as all the positive words! You are amazing and inspiring :-)
  • eline vanoutrive     May 23rd, 2014
    Thank you Kathryn for this class. You made me believe in myself. Nearly was flying in pigeon, never imagened I could. Your words are so inspiring. Thank you!!! <3
  • Erica Kickert     May 21st, 2014
    I really struggle with patience! Thank you for the key arm balance points and subtle reminders not to feel rushed or insecure about where we are in our personal practice journey. I look forward to adding these to my daily routine and making progress :) xo
  • Christina Scovel     May 6th, 2014
    Thank you so much. This gave me some good basics that I was missing. I would flop into postures and not think about my back or stomach. This helped so much!
  • Chelsea Guy     Apr 9th, 2014
    Kathryn thanks so much. It is amazing what a different perspective can do. I found I could do much more than I thought once I thought positively and let go of some of my fear. I think that's my biggest issue - especially in yoga! Your point about practice also hit home as I think a lot of us compare to others and just think we are not strong enough to do particular poses, when it is all just practice! Thanks so much. :) Namaste!
  • Livia Grigoras     Mar 21st, 2014
    Kathryn, you made my day! Look forward not down while in Crow! That simple instruction made everything so easy. Now I can easily hold the pose for more than just a shaky second! And I did my first Side Crow with the elbow under the hip! Yay!! You are a wonderful teacher! Thank you!
  • Kimberly de Lara     Feb 17th, 2014
    I thought I wasn't going to be able to do the crow. Was starting to get discouraged, I was wobbling big time. Baby bakasana did the trick. Thank you Kathryn. I will practice every day until I get this right. You have been very helpful! Keep up the great work.
    • Kathryn Budig     Feb 17th, 2014
      congrats on the breakthrough! try not to get discouraged (i know how easy it is to) and keep trying! some of these poses take so much time. xoxo
  • barbara Obergfell     Jan 26th, 2014
    Thank you for the lesson in fearlessness. I am full of fear when it comes to arm balances; hugely humbling for me. This class is now a part of my home practice.

  • Lex Brown     Nov 29th, 2013
    Kathryn I will keep with me the metaphor of inviting the things I want in my life to my party, and remembering that I have to entertain them! I spent most of the practice falling onto my face, but I was also able to release other fears that have been lurking in the back of my mind for the past few months. Thank you!
  • Augen Die     Oct 14th, 2013
    Hey Kathryn,
    Thanks for the great class, it has helped me to get started with Crow pose, still a long way to go, but your explanations and tips are top and your jokes cheered my boyfriend and I up a lot.
    Nicole & Stefan
    • Kathryn Budig     Jan 27th, 2014
  • saori hirota     Sep 10th, 2013
    Hi Kathryn, from side crow pose, how can I lengthen both of my legs to side? I found it is hard to keep the pose as my legs are heavy. From there, how can I split my legs side and back? It would be great if you can break these down and make a tutorial video as "Arm balancing for intermediate folks". Thank you~:)
    • Kathryn Budig     Jan 27th, 2014
      will write up a class for that:)
  • Nor Dee Dee MY     Sep 6th, 2013
    Thank you so much for explaining so well. Beautiful class. Balancing poses is my weakness but now I have no more fear. I will keep practicing. Thank you thank you :-)
    • Kathryn Budig     Jan 27th, 2014
      love the attitude
  • Cc Clark     Sep 1st, 2013
    Thank you!! Love the poses, & your philosophy! Namaste!
    • Kathryn Budig     Jan 27th, 2014
  • Carol Carlsen     Jul 31st, 2013
    You are fabulous! Thank you for breaking down these arm balances into easy to follow and understand sequences. Though you inspiration and guidance, I now have the attitude to know that I can accomplish arm long as I continue to religious to my practice!:-)
    • Carol Carlsen     Jul 31st, 2013
      I do need to proofread my comments better though:-)
      • Kathryn Budig     Jan 27th, 2014
        ;) xo
  • Olivia Johnson     Jul 15th, 2013
    Just read the first post and I agree, me too. You said exactly what I needed to hear today. Leave the drama behind and go with expansion, belief, love and hope. And fly! Thanks Kathryn.
    • Kathryn Budig     Jan 27th, 2014
      enjoy your flight:)
  • Sara Hernandez     Jul 5th, 2013
    KB! You rocked it, I've been wanting to work these poses so much, but didn't know where to start. Thanks mama, it felt almost as if you were speaking directly to me...beautiful class, but more importantly to me radient message. BIG LOVE

    xoxo Sara
    • Kathryn Budig     Jan 27th, 2014
      big love back to you:)
  • Caroline Milliken     Jun 11th, 2013
    I came to this practice to work on my arm balances and came away with a new mantra to live by. "Choosing to move to a place were you are full of hope,belief,trust and love". I guess that's yoga for you and it doesn't come much better than this. Thank you Kathryn so much.
    • Kathryn Budig     Jun 11th, 2013
  • Yasmin McGinnis     May 19th, 2013
    You are such a fun teacher. I love how your personality took the intimidation away from these poses. I held my crow for a few breaths today and your details helped alot. Thanks so much!
    • Kathryn Budig     May 19th, 2013
      thank you and congrats!
  • Margaret Hogan     Apr 28th, 2013
    SO FUN! I didn't get into all the poses, but I definitely had fun trying and can see them happening in the future. Such a wonderful, fun class. Thank you!
    • Kathryn Budig     May 19th, 2013
      keep it up:)
  • Restuning S     Mar 18th, 2013
    Kathryn, I actually smiled because I could hold the crow pose in this class!
    You are a fantastic teacher, I love the way you teach. I'm your new fan from far away Bali!
    • Kathryn Budig     May 19th, 2013
      much appreciated:)
  • Susie Daily     Mar 15th, 2013
    Loved this! First time I've successfully gotten my weight off my feet and all thanks to such detailed, broken down instructions--the way you describe what to do, if I just follow your instructions I find myself suddenly in the position and wondering how on earth that was possible! Must stay positive :) Thank you!
    • Kathryn Budig     May 19th, 2013
      anything is possible:)
  • Michelle Wood-Colston     Mar 7th, 2013
    Great class--first time I've ever paused to repeat the poses!
  • Nichole Welch     Mar 7th, 2013
    Such a fun, wonderful class! I will approach my day with a new sense of Self as I remember the exhilaration of reaching poses I thought were way too advanced for me, plus the humility of NOT reaching the poses that are just out of reach. Will do again and again :-)
    • Kathryn Budig     May 19th, 2013
  • Thea Lornie     Mar 6th, 2013
    Such a fantastic teacher :) that made me very happy
    Wonderful way to start my day thank you ^_^
    • Kathryn Budig     May 19th, 2013
  • Natasha Palmisano     Mar 6th, 2013
    Although I've attempted these poses many times, it was so refreshing to start back at square one and really work into getting into the arm balances. Side crow was always such a mystery to me - but today I was able to hold it without the support of my hip! It was brief, but I did it! It's important to realize that some days you'll need the "training wheels" and some days you won't. Nothing wrong with that!
    • Kathryn Budig     Mar 6th, 2013
      100% agree!
  • Casey Lebwohl     Mar 6th, 2013
    What a positive experience! I loved the step by step guidance and the sense of positivity!
  • Lorie Mackey     Mar 6th, 2013
    Thanks for this Kathryn. I don't have a sense for where to put the weight of my legs during crow - do they "rest" on the triceps? is it just arm strength that is holding everything up?

    • Kathryn Budig     Mar 6th, 2013
      as little on your arms as you can. . you want it to be a full body experience so you don't wear out your arms. round your upper back to engage the core and hug your inner thighs towards each other to fire up your legs.
  • guher kotan     Mar 6th, 2013
    Oh Dear Lovely Kathryn!

    This beautiful approach has shifted my point of view so sweatly that I was singing in the shower and dancing :) Thank you. There was a lot of seriousness and fear accumulated and they are washed away I am looking forward to practice tomorrow !! Thank you so much!! NAMASTE Love with all my heart, be blessed in every moment of your life...
    • Kathryn Budig     Mar 6th, 2013
  • leirae ramirez     Mar 6th, 2013
    Excellent class and very challenging, Kathryn! I love the way you have walked us through the different poses today- your instructions are so easy to follow. I just wish you were standing next to me to get my leg out and into flying pigeon.


  • Elsie Tafur     Mar 6th, 2013
    Loved this class!!!
  • Christine Harrelson     Feb 7th, 2013
    What a well done class. I now feel like all these poses are accessible to me. Thank you for taking the time to break everything down. Namaste!
    • Kathryn Budig     Feb 7th, 2013
      My pleasure:)
  • Anthea Randell     Jan 31st, 2013
    I have been doing yoga for years and always TRY to do the more advanced postures but have never learned how to do them, so instead of dreaming and hoping, I chose a class labelled beginner and I loved it, thank you for teaching me the side pigeon, what a sense of achievement!!!! I will be doing this regularly and the other 'teaching' classes. Thank you xxx
    • Kathryn Budig     Feb 7th, 2013
      Exciting! Keep it up!
  • Peta Coleman     Jan 27th, 2013
    Really Enjoyed this Class and you style of teaching. Thank you
  • Kalin Delfino     Jan 22nd, 2013
    I can't thank you enough for this class! I LOVE your style of teaching. You broke everything down so simply, now I know how to practice these poses. I got into three different balances I've never been in before on my first time watching this video. One I held for ten seconds! I am really excited with my achievement! Thank you!
  • Bonnie McClung     Jan 21st, 2013
    Thank you so very much for this class! Your positivity is absolutely infectious, and I left feeling like I might actually come to LOVE arm balancing one day. This is my favorite class so far. So much fun!
  • Subha Eachempati     Jan 17th, 2013
    Absolutely love this class. However lots of technical glitches.
    • YogaGlo     Jan 17th, 2013
      Hi Subha, we have sent you an email to help with the glitches you are experiencing.
  • Desiree Urban     Dec 1st, 2012
    So much to say about this class, but the words escape me. I hope this accurately expresses how I feel... Thank You :)
  • Sallie Myrick     Nov 12th, 2012
    I have been practicing for several years and this is the best arm balance intro I have had. Thank you for making my day! :D
  • Sherry-Lynne Kirschner     Nov 3rd, 2012
    Wow what a beautiful class! I have been so so fearful of doing arm balances and your gentle encouragement and calm presence helped me take the risk. I feel very blessed to have found you as a teacher. You are a real natural. Thank you!!!!! I know I will now become a faithful follower of your classes. Thanks for the inspiration today:)
  • Sheryl Gregory     Oct 31st, 2012
    This is the first class I have taken with Kathryn. I like her descriptive yet relaxed teaching style and plan to take other classes with her.
  • Joe Parlett     Oct 22nd, 2012
    Great class. Thanks.
  • Sophie Eadie     Sep 24th, 2012
    I found this so helpful! I got lots of good tips on technique that really helped me move deeper into the poses and allowed me to stay in them for longer. Thank you! X
  • Soni Craik     Sep 14th, 2012
    loved this - got deeper into the balances than i have in the past! thank you. xox
  • Tiffany Unterholzner     Jul 21st, 2012
    Kathryn breaks it down simply into achievable steps for beginners -- great class. Thank you.
  • Jason del Pino     Jul 2nd, 2012
    This practice was awesome. Sense of accomplishment.
  • Lori Boggan     Jun 19th, 2012
    Another added to the favorites :)
  • Madeleine Santiago     May 10th, 2012
    Thank you -- such a fun practice, and you made these poses more accessible for me. I can't wait to practice them more! Thank you!
  • Francisco Fantes     Mar 2nd, 2012
    Thank you very much for this lesson. This was truly a wonderful class and tutorial. I enjoyed the lightheartedness of your style. Your sound effects are a great reminder that this all should be fun, even if we don't quite make it.
  • Christine Maddox     Feb 9th, 2012
    I held crow pose today for the first time! It was brief...but at least I did it. Small victories, right? :)
  • OSCAR LEGARRETA     Jan 28th, 2012
    I really liked the sequences of this practice, specially the variations of Vashistasana. Thanks Kathryn!
  • Lisa Sem     Jan 19th, 2012
    Big time favorite. Thank you SO MUCH, Kathryn. I hope this class stays up forever.
  • Katie Serbus     Dec 6th, 2011
    this has got to be one of my favorite practices ever
  • Xanthe Strudwick     Nov 25th, 2011
    First time arm Balancer and I was like a baby learning to walk. I'd suddenly find myself in an arm balance, think, freak and fall...but with a smile...and a determination to get back up and try again. Baby steps...but steps in the right direction! Thanks X
  • Maritza Guido     Nov 16th, 2011
    love this!
  • Vickie Lazos     Oct 26th, 2011
    This is exactly what I've been looking for! I have a ways to go but today I got further than I ever have with your thorough instruction. Very much looking forward to practicing this regularly. :)
  • Shannon Harrington     Oct 2nd, 2011
    Thank you, Kathryn! This was the first of your classes I've tried and the hour went by so quickly I went back and repeated parts of the class again. This wax also the first time I was able to get into crow pose, it was very emotional. Thank you so much!
  • Monica Uy     Sep 26th, 2011
    Thank you for your reply, I really love all of Kathryn's class! She is so amazing, talented and beautiful.
  • YogaGlo     Sep 26th, 2011
    Monica - we just emailed you some tips to help with the streaming on your end.
  • Monica Uy     Sep 26th, 2011
    Is there something wrong with this video? Since last night it stops at 20:30.
  • Monica Uy     Sep 26th, 2011
    So nice but it keeps on stopping after 20 minutes :(
  • Elena Lowenthal     Aug 22nd, 2011

    I really enjoyed your step by step instructions. A request, please. Could you please do level 1/2 for inversions. Same thing step by step.

    Thank you,

  • Priscilla Martinez     Aug 21st, 2011
    This was a very inspirational and encouraging sequence. Kathyrn, thank you so very much!
  • Paula Wafer     Aug 6th, 2011
    Kathryn, I always have a lot of fun practising your sequences; thank you! Great information on building up to these arm balances and variations suitable for all! thanks again.Ive never tried Flying pigeon before today.. what a blast!! :)
  • Helene shafer     Aug 5th, 2011
    I did this practice again and saw Laura's comment....that touched my heart too! I'm so happy for you Laura! You CAN fly and you DO matter and sounds like you have some amazing gifts to share with the world..namaste
  • Hollie Corkum Sears     Aug 5th, 2011
    Great class!
  • Kathryn Budig     Aug 4th, 2011
    First off, love all you guys!

    Laura, that really touched my heart.
  • Laura Brees     Aug 4th, 2011
    tears streamed down my face multiple times during this practice. I am in an deeply emotional transition period in my life and have been holding myself back, living in fear, forgetting what a privilege it IS to be alive!! for the first time in a while, i felt true love for myself and am proud of what i can accomplish!! thank you for your inspiration, i believe i can fly!! ;)
  • Lucia Nieves     Aug 4th, 2011
    "what a privilege to be yourself..." what a privilege to be able to practice and improve, thank you!!!
    Small steps will take us across the universe! Feel like I touched a star today!
  • Verena Jovan     Aug 3rd, 2011
    what a beautiful "workshop" on armbalances-thank u so much-cause I had years of trouble behind me wth bakasana-now I see light in the end of the tunnel;-))!!
  • Helene shafer     Aug 1st, 2011
    had to do this one again. love your positive affirmations. I'm having a tough day today and so i came back to this practice to lift my spirit. thank you
  • Gemma Ford     Aug 1st, 2011
    Yay did side crow with the block for the first time - biggest smile :-)
  • Erica Struble     Jul 31st, 2011
    Really great class! I too, feel as though I've learned so much in 60 minutes! I especially loved the side crow with the use of the block. It certainly made the pose more accessible. My hip flexors have been wonky all my life because of being a dancer, but now I know how to strengthen them and make them happy. I'll be putting this one in weekly routine. I have always wanted to do arm balances and fly. Thanks for giving me the tools to do so. Om shanti.
  • Kerry McKenzie     Jul 31st, 2011
    I feel like I've made more progress in the last 60 minutes than in the last two years. I have always used my deafness as an excuse for not being able to balance, but it looks as if I've been wrong all along. I'm very grateful to you for taking the time to dream up this class and help me out. Peace.
  • Cheryl Carter     Jul 31st, 2011
    Wow, this class is lovely! Thank you for your grace and ease and for putting life back into perspective!
  • Terri Johnson     Jul 31st, 2011
    Love your quotes!
  • Helene shafer     Jul 30th, 2011
    thank you! this is meant for Hopefully I will be taking flight before your workshop in
  • Samantha Peterson     Jul 30th, 2011
    Loved this class! I've never felt so solid in Bakasana before. I love coming into it from a block. Thanks so much!
  • Dessy Natriza     Jul 30th, 2011
    Kathryn Budig? in Hatha? :). thank u 4 the tutorial though ;)
  • Patti MacPherson     Jul 30th, 2011
    nice review and tutorial...I especially liked the jumping into crow from chihuahua, as I have never been able to jump into crow this gives me hope that someday I can, thank you!