Arm Balances

Pincha Mayurasana

Feathered Peacock Pose This is a moderately difficult pose requiring arm and back strength before success.  The easiest entry is to move to the wall with your mat, placing fingertips close to wall.  Go into Adho Muhka Svanasana-Down Dog, lower arms into Dolphin, pressing into open palms, rotate hands and arms inward,  with parallel elbows. … Read more »

Vrschikasana

Scorpion Pose Asana/Pose: Vrschikasana –Scorpion is a pose requiring much preparation and schooling in order to graduate to its beauty.  Kneel on the floor, placing forearms and hands parallel to one another, with elbows under the shoulders. Exhale, swinging torso and legs up over shoulders.  You are now in Pincha Mayurasana/tail or feather of the… Read more »

Tittibhasana

Firefly Asana: Tittibhasana Firefly. An easy entrance to this Pose is from a low Malasana, feet open and wide, Sitts bones dropped toward the floor.  Place palms inside the feet, fingers face forward, open the elbows, placing back of thighs over upper arms. Keep chest relating to the floor, lift lower Bandhas,  release feet out, stretching… Read more »

Bhujapidasana

Shoulder Pressing Pose Asana: Bhujapidasana/Shoulder Pressing Pose. Spread the feet, bending the knees in order to place palms about 18 inches apart, between legs so you can rest the back of thighs on upper arms. Bend elbows, and exhale as you lift feet off floor, squeezing the knees over the arms.  Interlock ankles, lifting abdominal… Read more »

Eka Pada Galavasana

Crossbow Balance Asana: A great pose of strong polarity where we are tethered to earth, yet lift off and ‘fly high’ through the power of holding the center. You can come at this from Utkatasana, (or tripod headstand.) The easier is from Utkatasana:  Feet together, extend arms up, bend knees, lift Bandhas, lengthen back, drop… Read more »

Bhujapidasana

Shoulder Pressing Pose Asana:Bhujapidasana/Shoulder Pressing Pose. Spread the feet, bending the knees in order to place palms about 18 inches apart, between legs so you can rest the back of thighs on upper arms. Bend elbows, and exhale as you lift feet off floor, squeezing the knees over the arms.  Interlock ankles, lifting abdominal muscle… Read more »

Eka Pada Bakasana

One Legged Crane Pose Asana:  Eka Pada Bakasana/One legged Crane Pose. Many bodies struggle with this as it requires strength, balance, and flexibility in equal measure.  You can enter it from Bakasana, extending one leg back.  You can enter it from Plank, pulling one knee into the upper arm, releasing the back leg up.  You… Read more »

Bakasana

Crane Pose Asana Bakasana-Crane Pose.  If you are a beginner, place a block under your forehead until you feel safe enough to lift off. This is a powerful pose that lifts the mula bandha roots up as you press hands down into the earth to fly.  Begin in Down Dog. If you are advanced, jump… Read more »