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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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