Shoulders, wrists, core, hips, spine, back strength, flexibility, Oh My!!!!
Arm balances have always been tough for me. I've had to work on my hip flexibility and shoulder stability and strength a lot to be able to do a couple of them.
Bakasana (Crow), and Parsva Bakasana (Side Crow) are 2 arm balances that I can do. Others I'm working on and a few more advanced ones I think may have to wait until the next life time, lol, and I'm totally fine with that.
Plus, as I always say to the other yogis in my classes, it's not about getting into the main pose; that's not always our goal. And in class sometimes we don't even get to the 'peak' pose and I'm totally fine with that (hopefully the folks in the class are too!)
For me what's most important is to teach how to strengthen the body areas that are involved in the peak pose as well as to understand the actions needed to prepare for and execute the pose and warm up the body overall to get there.
If in class we don't get to the peak, that's totally cool! Because everyone has worked hard doing the things that will help them move and function better in the daily activities they do. And that for me is key!
Also, my theme for this month is Connection.
To me there's no better way to work on Connection than to practice balancing poses. You need pure devotion and focus and connection to the Present Moment so to not topple out. Give it a try and see!
In the sequence I have created below, there's some core and twisting involved. Feel free to work on those poses and try Side Crow when you get to it, which is the peak pose, or feel free to skip this arm balance until you feel like you have gained the strength and flexibility to give it a shot.
And once you get to the Sun Salutations, feel free to integrate and weave the poses that come after it into your Sun Salute flow.
Remember it's your practice. And if you have things going on in your body and/or never tried yoga and/or health issues, be sure to check with the medical practitioners you work with before trying any new exercise regimen.
Click the sequence name link below if you'd like to download the pdf for this sequence!
Enjoy! Have fun! and
Honor your body!
inhale - enjoy - exhale,
Ps. Video shot at Elevate Yoga Studio in Hazlet, NJ.....come and visit!
Pss. The video above is to show you what my version of Side Crow looks like. Please prepare your body using the poses in the sequence before trying this pose. I was already warmed up when I did the pose.
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