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Prep for 1-Legged Arm Balancing Yoga Pose

Strike a Yoga Pose: Prep For One-Legged Arm Balance

Yoga poses aren't always calm and relaxing. Some poses require a lot of strength and some circus-like balancing skills. At first glance they may seem impossible, but if you learn the tricks and master the preparatory exercises, you'll be able to do poses you never thought you could do.

In the yoga video Warrior Triangle Sequence, one of the postures I showed you called Eka Pada Koundinyasana (a one-legged pose dedicated to the Sage Koundinya) is tough at first, so it's a good idea to practice the prep pose (pictured below) first. This pose will strengthen your upper body and teach you how to balance your own weight above the ground. It's a really empowering pose once you get it, and it's not easy, so keep at it until you have lift off.

Want to see how to get into this pose step by step? Then

Kneel down on your mat and sit on your heels.
Place your hands firmly on the ground, with your fingers pointing slightly diagonally out to the side.
Now lean your torso forward, bend your elbows and place them below your ribs. You want all your weight into your elbows and hands, but keep the fingers spread wide to help take any uncomfortable pressure out of your wrists. Now try and lift your knees off the ground.
Once your knees are up, try to bring your feet together behind you. Stay here for five breaths or as long as you can. Then lower your knees to the ground and sit back up.
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cnyc1a cnyc1a 8 years
I can't even begin to tell you how many people have farted during this pose, me including. :)
plasticapple plasticapple 9 years
I'm gonna go try it right now. :D
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
Renees3... :ROTFL:
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Wow, looking at this is amazing. I just started working out and now I will look into doing Yoga.
fashionhore fashionhore 9 years
This is the one I cannot do, not even close. It's one of my goals though because I would love to be able to do that. Like in Spanglish.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
Ooooh, last time I went to a yoga class with my friend, we did this. I was all stoked because I was doing in and I was like Hey, check it out, then I completely tumbled and ended up sprawled out in the middle of the room. Everyone stared until I started cracking up then they all laughed too. The teacher was like At least you tried!! That sucked lol
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Fitness Fitness 9 years
Yeah, this prep pose is awesome on it's own and really helps you to strengthen your upper body and balance on just your hands. I love this pose and Eka Pada Koundinyasana.
mimsical mimsical 9 years
Yay, Fit! Thanks for giving us the prep pose for Eka Pada Koundinyasana! I can't wait to start working on this at home :)
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