Refine Your Yoga – Todays topic has to do with “Arm Balance”

Todays topic has to do with my classes today. We focused on Arm Balancing, which has many of the same qualities of Chaturanga or plank  except the shoulder and T-spine tend to go into to much of a protracted position. What I like to imprint during the practice is to use  non- weight bearing poses of the shoulders to teach  how to engage specific muscles to retract the blades even though they are in a protracted position. Eagle arms can be a great tool for this ! Bakasana is shown below – check out the reaching of chest without over compressing the cervical spine. Here a couple of points to remember

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1. As always breath

2. Think of your body as being lighter

3. Pelvic floor engaged but not to raged ” aggressive”

4. Focus gaze a couple inches in front of hands – Retract shoulder blades until the sun comes up through your heart – keep neck long, place knees as high up the arms as possible.

5. Stabilize inner core and then root down through hands especially inner parts- Press the area under your knuckles get intimate with the floor. 

6. Faith- that you can hold yourself up – but not just from the arms – don’t rely on the tri-ceps to do everything. Once you get comfortable- bring heels towards buttocks.

7. Take the training wheels off and give it a try – place some cushions down in case you kiss the floor.

Good luck….. let me know how it goes

 

 

 

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