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A Yoga Sequence to Build Strength for Arm Balances

Learn the basic principles of arm balancing through this simple sequence that leads up to crow pose.
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Learn the basic principles of arm balancing through this simple sequence that leads up to crow pose.

There is a common misconception that arm balancing and inversions rely solely on upper body strength, when in reality, these postures mostly rely upon linking breath, gaze, and the bandhas, or locks, which give the body lift and direction. In this short sequence with Jai Sugrim, a New York City-based yoga instructor, you'll experience some basic principles of finding lift in the postures through eka hasta bhujasana, a one legged arm balance, and build slowly up to crow pose. If it doesn't feel easy right away, don't worry! These postures are about consistent practice and dedication.

Photo by Hailey Wist; Outfitted by Kira Grace and YOGASMOGA