If you've been practicing regularly, your muscle memory is in tact and many poses are familiar in your body. Isn't that a great feeling? But beware, complacency is the enemy of progress. So, try something new this week. I offer the challenge of an arm balance.
All arm balances start with the same foundation - your hands and wrists. And, they rely on the same stabilizer - your core. Try these confidence building asanas that build a strong foundation for arm balances. These poses will guide you to foundational arm balances - like crow or crane pose (the difference between the two is knee placement and degree of bend in the arm).
Ardha Chandrasana (Half-Moon); challenge your balance by lifting your bottom fingers from the ground. This posture sculpts your obliques, challenges your balance and encourages a present-mind. http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/784
Utthita Chaturanga Dhandasana (Plank Pose); work up to holding plank for 2 minutes. Ensure that your hips and shoulders form one line. Your entire core will thank you. http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/470/
Eka Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana (One-legged Downward Facing Dog); press through all of your knuckles (especially the thumb and index finger), square your hips, tighten your core, roll your shoulders away from your ears. This posture will help you become familiar with the sensation of weight shifting from 4 points of contact to 3. http://www.yogajournal.com/basics/2338
Is there a challenge outside of the studio that you've put off because of self-doubt? Use your mat as practice for the first steps towards the impossible and see how possible it may be. If you've been in my class, you may have heard me say "Standing on your hands is not essential for life. But, the ability to trying something new is a skill you'll use forever."
Climb to the edge, and take a leap!
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