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Asana – Arm Balancing

We look at the inner groin and how to work to unveil the subtle sensations. Moving toward arm balancing, we work on Supta Padangusthasana and move toward Astavakrasana.

In most arm balances, you support yourself by placing legs on upper arms. In some poses, like Tittibhasana and Bakasana, you can reduce the work of lifting by positioning both legs so forearms bear most weight. In other arm balances, one leg rests while the other is unsupported. These poses require shoulder strength and extra power from legs, abdominals, and back muscles to lift the torso.

There are three placements of legs—inner thigh, shin, and outer thigh— in all cases the pose will be easier if leg is as high up on  arms as possible and as far toward the back of arm as possible. The flexibility and ability to get arms and legs into an optimal relationship is the power to these poses.

Cora Wen

Over the past 25 years, Cora Wen has built her reputation as an internationally acclaimed yoga practitioner and teacher.

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