Arm Balance Series - All Levels
Arm Balance Series
SOLAR #27: EPK 2
Eka Pada Koudinyasana 2 in a 80 minute long Yoga class. The cool down and Savasana part is already 20 minutes because I'd like to spend much time cooling down and resting. It's not so exhausting, hahaha. In this class: Hand to big toe, Bird of Paradise, Bounded Half Moon, Flying Lizard Pose, Firefly pose, and EPK 2.
SOLAR #30: Arm Balance - Astavakrasana
¨Bringing your leg on your shoulder¨ is actually the movement we have been working on hip flexion and hip external rotation. We have been doing this action in poses like Side Angle Pose, Triangle Pose, Bounded Side Angle, Bird Of Paradise, EPK2, Firefly Pose. Now let's do more of this movement in Bandha Konasana, Turtle Pose, Compass Pose and try to keep your leg on your shoulder in Arm Balances like Elephant Trunk Pose and Astavakrasana. In this class, we also do Hand To Big Toe and Bird of Paradise in a variation: with Hip Flexion, which mean you will not stand up straight but you will be bending at your hip and look L-Shaped in these poses. A lot of new poses based on the poses we have known! If you can't put your leg on your shoulder, notice where your leg is now. Our first goal then will be to put your leg higher than your elbow on your arm.
SOLAR #1: Climb The Mountain
Sun Salutations. We have been doing them so many times! Today, we are going to take them slowly, to feel the core strength in Mountain Climber pose - the transition in all sun salutations. Discover the core strength, the ¨belly lift¨ that is relevant to ¨Uddiyana Bandha¨ aka stomach energy lock in ancient Yoga. This lock is located in the stomach where Solar Plexus Chakra is. This part is considered the powerhouse of the body and should always be kept warm. Ignite your powerhouse!
SOLAR #18: Chaturanga Dandasana
Chaturanga Dandasana is so familiar! It's in all the Vinyasa Yoga classes. But it's one of the hardest Yoga poses requiring relatively equal strength from all muscle groups around the shoulder joint, or in other words: STABILITY. The shoulders position in Chaturanga Dandasana is the foundation of almost all Arm Balances in Yoga. To do other arm balances, refine your Chaturanga! External Rotation again in the shoulders in Chaturanga by hugging your elbows in. We will do Chaturanga and apply it in Crow Pose and Tripod Headstand.
SOLAR #24: Side Plank Fun Flow
Side Plank Pose or Vasisthasana in Sanskrit is a very simple and straight forward Yoga pose. But it has great strength for the arms and the whole body, especially in the side core and outer hips muscles. Let's flow through side plank variations and have fun shifting your body weight from hands to hands or from hands to feet and vice versa. REMEMBER external rotation in the shoulders to stabilize the shoulder joints. If you can activate the big muscles in upper arms and shoulders, your wrists will not be overloaded.