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5 min

Arm Balance Transition Tutorial

Vinyasa Flow | By Dice Iida-Klein on May 10 2011
Connecting arm balances can be a challenging thing to do. Transitioning from one arm balance to the other requires arm and core strength...but more importantly the willingness to try things that may seem impossible! In this short tutorial we break down the transition from Eka pada koundinyasana 1 (twisted arm balance), to dwi pada koundinyasana (two-footed arm balance) and into Eka pada koundinyasana 2 (arm balance w/ leg to the side).  Variations are given using a block underneath the chest. Work your chatturanga my fellow yogis. It is the gateway to the arm balances!

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Connecting arm balances can be a challenging thing to do. Transitioning from one arm balance to the other requires arm and core strength...but more importantly the willingness to try things that may seem impossible! In this short tutorial we break down the transition from Eka pada koundinyasana 1 (twisted arm balance), to dwi pada koundinyasana (two-footed arm balance) and into Eka pada koundinyasana 2 (arm balance w/ leg to the side). Variations are given using a block underneath the chest. Work your chatturanga my fellow yogis. It is the gateway to the arm balances!

Comments

  • Silvia Hayakawa     Jan 22nd, 2013
    Very helpful! Thank you!
  • Tiffany House     Oct 30th, 2012
    My first yogaglo mini class, Thank you so much!
  • Dice Iida-Klein     Sep 7th, 2011
    @Silvia - You're welcome!
  • Silvia Hayakawa     Sep 6th, 2011
    Thank you!!!
  • Dice Iida-Klein     Jul 19th, 2011
    @Rachelle - Go Bandhas! It has A LOT to do with the bandhas. If arm balancing is tough in general, this stuff is a little too much. Instead, work on engaging the bandhas, core and everything else :) in poses like knee to arm or opposite arm (the prep pose of the arm balance...a lot like plank, just on one leg). Try and hold for 5 breaths, maybe more. Working the prep poses will help you to gain enough strength and bandha control to fly! Though gravity is working against us, we are essentially trying to "lift" off the ground and take flight using our bandhas.
  • Rachelle Girardin     Jul 17th, 2011
    How much of the work in these poses has to do with Bandhas? And what is the best way to start using the bandhas to advance your practice?
  • Dice Iida-Klein     May 16th, 2011
    @Mithsouka - You're very welcome. Namaste my fellow yogi
  • Dice Iida-Klein     May 16th, 2011
    @Terry - Thank you! So glad I could be of service. Alignment is definitely one of the keys to a healthy yoga body :)
  • Dice Iida-Klein     May 16th, 2011
    @Helene - Thank you so much for the kind words. What you said makes me so happy and reminds me why I love to share yoga with my fellow yogis :) Practice practice practice and it will come!
  • Terry Levy     May 12th, 2011
    Thank you so much to this tutorial! I actually was able to transition into all of the postures with the proper alignment of my shoulders using the block. I love your awareness of alignment that you bring with your practices and your playfulness! Keep doing what you do!!!
  • Helene shafer     May 11th, 2011
    love your creative ways of getting into these postures! very helpful and your down to earth style takes a lot of the fear and "roadblocks" out of the picture and make these postures attainable. maybe not today or tomorrow, but with practice it will come.
  • Dice Iida-Klein     May 11th, 2011
    @Patti - You're welcome. The block is a nice trick. With dwi pada to eka pada II, try bending your knees into parsva bakasana (side crow) first, then make the switch with extension into eka pada II. Give it a shot!
  • Dice Iida-Klein     May 11th, 2011
    @Jackie - Thank you. Pretty difficult to talk in arm balances, but we try our best :)
  • Dice Iida-Klein     May 11th, 2011
    @Helene - Thank you!
  • Dice Iida-Klein     May 11th, 2011
    @Angela - Keep working at it! Practice, practice and practice. It'll happen.
  • Patti MacPherson     May 10th, 2011
    thank you Dice, that was helpful...I liked the block...for me the hardest transistion is dwi pada to eka pada II...something to keep working on...thanks for the tips!
  • Jackie Incorvia     May 10th, 2011
    Really nice instruction with the block. I know what it's like to talk through demonstrating all those arm balances, haha, nicely done, thanks a lot!
  • Helene shafer     May 10th, 2011
    cool! thank you!
  • Angela Bishop     May 10th, 2011
    Impressive! I don't quite have the arm strength yet to do arm balances, but I'm working on it.