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The Ultimate Guide to Practicing & Teaching Arm Balances + Inversions

with Jason Crandell

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Course Description

About this Course

Are you an instructor looking to teach arm balances and inversions safely or a student who wants to master advanced postures? Take your practice to the next level with Jason Crandell's Ultimate Guide to Practicing & Teaching Arm Balances + Inversions. This comprehensive course is for teachers and students alike!

In this course, Jason breaks down the components of each pose and group poses together making high risk inversions and arm balances safe and accessible. He includes step-by-step approaches to every pose and outlines how one pose seamlessly flows into the next.

For teachers looking to take a deep dive into arm balances, this course addresses essential anatomy, sequencing concepts, preparatory postures, verbal cues, and manual adjustments for over 35 arm balances in a logical, easy-to-apply method. Jason's philosophy is that not all teachers are able to perform difficult postures but that shouldn't keep them from teaching inversions and arm balances safely.

By demystifying the complexity of these postures, you will take actionable steps to deepen your personal practice and your ability to teach. This course includes postures and inspiration for all levels, regardless of how advanced your practice may be.

What's in this course?

This course contains over 150 videos that will systematically enhance your personal practice and give you the ability to learn or teach arm balances and inversions. This comprehensive program includes videos that teach you how to verbally instruct, manually adjust, sequence, and troubleshoot the common challenges of yoga's most valuable arm balances and inversions.

You will also learn the relevant anatomy, proper mechanics, and efficient alignment patterns for each of these postures. The videos in this training go even further by organizing every arm balance and inversion into 8 categories or "families", so that you can understand how each of these postures compliment each other.

Through this comprehensive teacher training you will gain the tools to teach with specificity while encouraging each of your students to find their own way -- eliminating the habits of perfectionism, judgment and shame that can be a part of our Yoga culture -- creating an atmosphere of mindful self–inquiry and exploration.

Practice variations of

    • Side plank
    • Bakasana
    • Handstand
    • Headstand
    • Forearm balance
    • Shoulderstand
    • Pick up and lift off
    • Hip and hamstring openers

Learn how to

    • Practice arm balances and inversions in a structured, systematic way
    • Teach arm balances and inversions guided by categories of postures
    • Breakdown each posture within a family into manageable steps that you can practice and teach
    • Create effective sequences for arm balances and inversions
    • Master verbal cues for each posture
    • Troubleshoot the most common challenges
    • Keep the shoulders, arms and wrists safe in every arm balance and inversion
    • Differentiate reasonably safe arm balances and inversions from postures that are not mechanically sound or sustainable
    • Vary the techniques you have learned according to body type and skill level
    • Apply the best preparations and cool–downs for each posture in the program

Level

This course is suited for dedicated yoga practitioners who want to improve their arm balance and inversion practice, as well as for teachers who want to teach these postures to their students.

How long do I have access to this course?

You will have access at any time, no matter when you purchase it or begin the course, for the life of the course. The course and all included materials are accessible anytime and can be completed on your schedule, across computers and mobile devices.

Coursework summary

1
Course Overview

  • 1 Lecture
Lecture
12:55
Introducing the Arm Balance and Inversion Families
2
Side Plank

  • 5 Lectures
  • 16 Demonstrations
  • 1 assignment
  • 1 quiz
Lecture
2:42
Overview of the Entire Side Plank Family
Lecture
2:04
The Anatomy of Side Plank: 3 Keys to Supporting Side Plank & Variations
Demonstration
11:18
Key #1: Healthy Shoulder Alignment, Stabilization, and Support
Demonstration
6:40
Key #2: Your Core in Side Plank
Demonstration
7:40
Key #3: Using Your Legs
Lecture
9:49
The Sequencing Principles for Side Plank Family
Lecture
13:25
Best Preparations for the Side Plank Family
Lecture
6:46
Best Conclusions for the Side Plank Family
Demonstration
8:48
The Building Blocks of Side Plank: 1 Essential Pose to Master
Demonstration
6:25
Step-by-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into Vasisthasana 1
Demonstration
9:10
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes in Vasisthasana 1
Demonstration
6:19
Step-by-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into Vasisthasana 2
Demonstration
11:55
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes in Vasisthasana 2
Demonstration
6:47
Step-by-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into Kasyapasana
Demonstration
11:10
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes in Kasyapasana
Demonstration
5:07
Step-by-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into Kapinjalasana
Demonstration
10:07
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes in Kapinjalasana
Demonstration
6:12
Step-by-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into Kapinjalasana For Advanced Practitioners
Demonstration
9:25
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes in Kapinjalasana For Advanced Practitioners
Demonstration
5:40
Step-by-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into Visvamitrasana
Demonstration
13:07
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes in Visvamitrasana
Assignment
Self-Reflection Assignment
Quiz
Chapter 2 Quiz
    1 Download
  • Self Reflection Assignment - Chapter 2 (PDF)
3
Bakasana

  • 4 Lectures
  • 16 Demonstrations
  • 1 assignment
  • 1 quiz
Lecture
2:07
Overview of the Entire Bakasana Family
Lecture
2:16
The Anatomy of Bakasana: 3 Keys to Unlocking Bakasana & Variations
Demonstration
8:25
Key #1: Healthy Shoulder Alignment, Stabilization, and Support in Bakasana
Demonstration
8:13
Key #2: Your Core in Bakasana
Demonstration
4:55
Key #3: Using Your Legs in Bakasana
Demonstration
10:10
The Sequencing Principles for Bakasana Family
Lecture
11:13
Best Preparations for the Bakasana Family
Lecture
5:30
Best Conclusions for the Bakasana Family
Demonstration
15:58
The Building Blocks of Bakasana: 4 Essential Postures to Master
Demonstration
6:55
Step-by-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into Bakasana with Bent Elbows
Demonstration
10:10
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes in Bakasana with Bent Elbows
Demonstration
6:32
Step-by-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into Bakasana with Straight Elbows
Demonstration
5:58
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes in Bakasana with Straight Elbows
Demonstration
7:42
Step-by-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into Parsva Bakasana
Demonstration
8:37
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes in Parsva Bakasana
Demonstration
5:32
Step-by-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into Eka Pada Bakasana 1
Demonstration
7:40
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes in Eka Pada Bakasana 1
Demonstration
6:22
Step-by-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into Eka Pada Bakasana 2
Demonstration
7:46
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes in Eka Pada Bakasana 2
Demonstration
14:07
Transitioning In and Out of Bakasana
Assignment
Self-Reflection Assignment
Quiz
Chapter 3 Quiz
    1 Download
  • Self Reflection Assignment - Chapter 3 (PDF)
4
Pick Up and Lift Off

  • 2 Lectures
  • 19 Demonstrations
  • 1 assignment
  • 1 quiz
Lecture
2:34
Overview of the Entire “Pick Up and Lift Off” Family
Lecture
2:06
The Anatomy of Picking Up and Lifting Off: 3 Keys to Floating
Demonstration
8:18
Key #1: Healthy Shoulder Alignment, Stabilization, and Support in the “Pick Up and Lift Off” Family
Demonstration
7:40
Key #2: Your Core in the “Pick Up and Lift Off” Family
Demonstration
6:28
Key #3: Using Your Legs in the “Pick Up and Lift Off” Family
Demonstration
10:43
The Sequencing Principles for the “Pick Up and Lift Off” Family
Demonstration
11:10
Best Preparations for the "Pick up and Lift Off" Family
Demonstration
6:19
Best Conclusions for "Pick up and Lift off" Family
Demonstration
10:01
The Building Blocks of Picking Up and Lifting Off: 3 Essential Postures to Master
Demonstration
6:19
Step-by-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into Tolasana
Demonstration
7:58
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes in Tolasana
Demonstration
4:20
Step-by-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into Lolasana
Demonstration
6:46
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes in Lolasana
Demonstration
4:45
Step-by-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into Eka Hasta Bhujasana
Demonstration
7:22
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes in Eka Hasta Bhujasana
Demonstration
5:28
Step-by-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into Astavakrasana
Demonstration
10:03
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes in Astavakrasana
Demonstration
6:05
Step-by-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into Bhujupidasana
Demonstration
7:49
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes in Bhujupidasana
Demonstration
6:58
Step-by-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into Mayurasana
Demonstration
8:39
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes in Mayurasana
Assignment
Self-Reflection Assignment
Quiz
Chapter 4 Quiz
    1 Download
  • Self Reflection Assignment - Chapter 4 (PDF)
5
The Hip and Hamstring Openers

  • 4 Lectures
  • 23 Demonstrations
  • 1 assignment
  • 1 quiz
Lecture
3:16
Overview of the Entire Hip and Hamstring-Opening Family
Lecture
1:49
The Anatomy of Hip and Hamstring-Opening: 3 Keys
Demonstration
8:04
Key #1: Healthy Shoulder Alignment, Stabilization, and Support for Hip and Hamstring-Opening
Demonstration
6:01
Key #2: Your Core in the Hip and Hamstring-Opening Family
Demonstration
7:47
Key #3: Using Your Legs in the Hip and Hamstring-Opening Family
Demonstration
10:04
The Sequencing Principles for the Hip and Hamstring-Opening Family
Lecture
12:22
Best Preparations for the Hip and Hamstring-Opening Family
Lecture
5:55
Best Conclusions for the Hip and Hamstring-Opening Family
Demonstration
13:16
The Building Blocks of Hip and Hamstring-Opening: 3 Essential Postures to Master
Demonstration
4:52
Step-by-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into Eka Pada Koundinyasana 1
Demonstration
8:40
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes in Eka Pada Koundinyasana 1
Demonstration
6:54
Step-by-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into Eka Pada Koundinyasana 2
Demonstration
7:32
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes in Eka Pada Koundinyasana 2
Demonstration
5:09
Step-by-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into Dwi Pada Koundinyasana
Demonstration
6:40
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes in Dwi Pada Koundinyasana
Demonstration
5:49
Step-by-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into Eka Pada Galavasana
Demonstration
9:04
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes in Eka Pada Galavasana
Demonstration
5:57
Step-by-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into Grasshopper
Demonstration
7:31
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes in Grasshopper
Demonstration
6:20
Step-by-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into Urdhva Kukkutasana
Demonstration
7:15
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes in Urdhva Kukkutasana
Demonstration
6:13
Step-by-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into Parsva Kukkutasana
Demonstration
4:12
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes in Parsva Kukkutasana
Demonstration
6:01
Step-by-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into Padma Mayurasana
Demonstration
7:20
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes in Padma Mayurasana
Demonstration
7:55
Step-by-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into Tittibhasana
Demonstration
9:22
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes in Tittibhasana
Assignment
Self-Reflection Assignment
Quiz
Chapter 5 Quiz
    1 Download
  • Self Reflection Assignment - Chapter 5 (PDF)
6
Handstand

  • 4 Lectures
  • 20 Demonstrations
  • 1 assignment
  • 1 quiz
Lecture
3:08
Overview of the Entire Handstand Family
Lecture
3:13
The Anatomy of Handstand: 3 Keys
Demonstration
7:17
Key #1: Healthy Shoulder Alignment, Stabilization, and Support for Handstand
Demonstration
5:45
Key #2: Your Core in Handstand
Demonstration
7:49
Key #3: Using Your Legs in Handstand
Demonstration
10:28
The Sequencing Principles for the Handstand Family
Lecture
14:11
Best Preparations for the Handstand Family
Lecture
7:05
Best Conclusions for the Handstand Family
Demonstration
17:52
The Building Blocks of Handstand: 3 Essential Postures to Master
Demonstration
13:55
Step-by-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into Handstand at the Wall
Demonstration
6:58
Step-by-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into Handstand in the Middle of the Room
Demonstration
7:37
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes in Handstand in the Middle of the Room
Demonstration
6:45
Step-by-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into L-Shape Handstand
Demonstration
8:04
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes in L-Shape Handstand and Handstand
Demonstration
6:37
Step-by-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into Bound Angle Legs Handstand
Demonstration
7:31
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes in Bound Angle Legs Handstand
Demonstration
6:42
Step-By-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into Upa Vista Konasana Legs Handstand
Demonstration
7:40
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes in Upa Vistha Konasana Handstand
Demonstration
6:25
Step-by-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into Splits in Handstand
Demonstration
8:20
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes in Splits in Handstand
Demonstration
7:57
Step-by-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into Full Lotus In Handstand
Demonstration
8:25
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes in Full Lotus in Handstand
Demonstration
6:49
Step-by-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into Vrischikasana
Demonstration
9:39
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes in Vrichikasana
Assignment
Self-Reflection Assignment
Quiz
Chapter 6 Quiz
    1 Download
  • Self Reflection Assignment - Chapter 6 (PDF)
7
Forearm Balance

  • 4 Lectures
  • 17 Demonstrations
  • 1 assignment
  • 1 quiz
Lecture
3:07
Overview of the Entire Forearm Balance Family
Lecture
3:04
The Anatomy of Forearm Balance: 3 Keys
Demonstration
7:10
Key #1: Healthy Shoulder Alignment, Stabilization, and Support for Forearm Balance
Demonstration
6:25
Key #2: Your Core in Forearm Balance
Demonstration
5:55
Key #3: Using Your Legs in Forearm Balance
Demonstration
9:39
The Sequencing Principles for the Forearm Balance Family
Lecture
11:56
Best Preparations for Forearm Balance Family
Lecture
5:04
Best Conclusions for Forearm Balance Family
Demonstration
13:55
The Building Blocks of Forearm Balance: 1 Essential Posture to Master
Demonstration
7:10
Step-by-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into Forearm Balance at the Wall
Demonstration
11:15
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes in Forearm Balance at the Wall
Demonstration
5:55
Step-by-Step Progression for Helping Your students Balance in Forearm Balance
Demonstration
7:52
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes When Balancing in Forearm Balance
Demonstration
7:16
Step-by-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into Upa Vista Konasana Legs in Forearm Balance
Demonstration
7:01
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes in Upa Vista Konasana Legs in Forearm Balance
Demonstration
5:40
Step-by-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into Splits in Forearm Balance
Demonstration
8:04
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes in Splits in Forearm Balance
Demonstration
9:16
Step-by-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into Full Lotus in Forearm Balance
Demonstration
8:35
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes in Full Lotus in Forearm Balance
Demonstration
6:45
Step-by-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into Vrischikasana in Forearm Balance
Demonstration
10:00
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes in Vrischikasana in Forearm Balance
Assignment
Self-Reflection Assignment
Quiz
Chapter 7 Quiz
    1 Download
  • Self Reflection Assignment - Chapter 7 (PDF)
8
Headstand

  • 5 Lectures
  • 12 Demonstrations
  • 1 assignment
  • 1 quiz
Lecture
2:57
Overview of the Entire Headstand Family
Lecture
3:31
The Anatomy of Headstand: 3 Keys
Demonstration
13:50
Key #1: Healthy Shoulder Alignment, Stabilization, and Support for Headstand
Demonstration
7:10
Key #2: Your Core and Legs in Headstand
Demonstration
10:25
The Sequencing Principles for the Headstand Family
Lecture
10:58
Best Preparations for Headstand Family
Lecture
5:01
Best Conclusions for Headstand Family
Demonstration
16:33
The Building Blocks of Headstand: 3 Essential Postures to Master
Demonstration
12:04
Step-by-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into Sirsasana 1
Lecture
6:45
Balancing in Headstand
Demonstration
7:34
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes in Sirsasana 1
Demonstration
6:37
Step-by-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into Parsva Sirsasana
Demonstration
7:58
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes in Parsva Sirsasana
Demonstration
6:31
Step-by-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into Eka Pada Sirsasana
Demonstration
8:22
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes in Eka Pada Sirsasana
Demonstration
7:25
Step-by-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into Sirsasana 2
Demonstration
8:37
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes in Sirsasana 2
Assignment
Self-Reflection Assignment
Quiz
Chapter 8 Quiz
    1 Download
  • Self Reflection Assignment - Chapter 8 (PDF)
9
Shoulderstand

  • 5 Lectures
  • 12 Demonstrations
  • 1 assignment
  • 1 quiz
Lecture
3:08
Overview of the Entire Shoulderstand Family
Lecture
3:28
The Anatomy of Shoulderstand: 3 Keys
Demonstration
14:25
Key #1: Healthy Shoulder Alignment, Stabilization, and Support for Shoulderstand
Demonstration
8:25
Key #2: Your Core and Legs in Shoulderstand
Demonstration
6:19
The Sequencing Principles for the Shoulderstand Family
Lecture
11:13
Best Preparations for the Shoulderstand Family
Lecture
4:13
Best Conclusions for the Shoulderstand Family
Demonstration
14:40
The Building Blocks of Shoulderstand: 2 Essential Postures to Master
Demonstration
7:16
Step-by-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into Shoulderstand with Props
Demonstration
7:35
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes in Shoulderstand
Demonstration
6:10
Step-by-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into Shoulderstand at the Wall
Demonstration
6:19
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes in Shoulderstand at the Wall
Demonstration
7:12
Step-by-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into Shoulderstand
Demonstration
8:10
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes in Shoulderstand
Demonstration
7:37
Step-by-Step Progression for Getting Your Students into Eka Pada Sarvangasana
Demonstration
8:15
How to Assist, and Common Mistakes in Eka Pada Sarvangasana
Lecture
6:01
Wrap Up
Assignment
Self-Reflection Assignment
Quiz
Chapter 9 Quiz
    1 Download
  • Self Reflection Assignment - Chapter 9 (PDF)

Teacher

Jason Crandell

Jason Crandell, is a natural teacher and author with more than 15 years of experience. His accessible, grounded classes integrate the best elements of power yoga, anatomical precision and mindfulness teachings. With a "knack for teaching subtle body movements in a way that everyone can understand" (Yoga Journal), Jason's articulate, down-to-earth teaching will educate and empower you.

Named "one of the teachers shaping the future of yoga" by Yoga Journal, Jason has been one of the most in-demand teachers at conferences around the world for over a decade. Considered a "teachers-teacher", Jason has taught on countless teacher-training faculties, leads trainings globally, and regularly presents teacher-training content at esteemed conferences.

Jason is a contributing editor for Yoga Journal Magazine where he has published over 25 articles. His critical-thinking skills will support you on your path of practice, teaching and self-inquiry.

Jason's primary teacher is Rodney Yee, who was kind enough to say, "Jason is taking the art of teaching yoga to its next level."

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How does it work?

    • The course content is delivered to you via online streaming video with downloadable supporting documents and images, organized into 8 chapters with 168 instructional videos total.
    • These instructional videos include detailed demonstrations, anatomy lectures, sequencing lectures, adjustment demonstrations, and modification demonstrations.
    • There is a "Discussions" Feature that allows you to interact with Jason and your peers regarding questions that arise for you over the course of your study.
    • There is a once-monthly "Live Video Chat" that allows you to ask Jason questions about your practice and teaching. You can submit your questions anytime and watch the video archive if you're unable to attend the Live Video Chat.
    • You will have access to The Ultimate Guide to Practicing & Teaching Arm Balances + Inversions for the lifetime of the course. The course and all included materials are accessible anytime and can be completed on your schedule, across computers and mobile devices.
    • Courses can count for non-contact hour learning requirements, and are designed to fit within the continuing education categories from Yoga Alliance. If you are currently studying to become a yoga teacher, we recommend that you check with your instructor for approval, if you are looking to use a course to contribute to your non-contact hours.
  • The total run time is 22 hours.

$299

The Ultimate Guide to Practicing & Teaching Arm Balances + Inversions

with Jason Crandell