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Strike a Yoga Pose: Tripod Balance

The tripod balance pose works on your shoulder strength, your core muscles, and your balance.

  • Make sure you try this on a padded surface, so your head and hands are on equal ground - if your mat is thin, fold it in half.

  • Kneel on your mat. Place the crown of your head on the ground.
  • Place your hands on the ground about 8-10 inches in front of your face. They should be shoulder-width distance apart, so they are directly below your elbows - you'll be able to see your hands.
  • Now place your right knee on your right tricep. Then place your left knee on your left tricep.
  • Stay here balancing for 5-10 breaths, and then come down and rest in child's pose.

Have fun practicing - do it in front of a wall if you're nervous about falling over. But it's no biggie - everyone falls. After all, we weren't born on our heads.

Make sure to practice this one because it'll get you ready for the next Yoga Challenge. To check out the previous challenge poses, go to It's a STRETCH: Fit's Yoga Challenge group.

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Glossgirl692 Glossgirl692 9 years
i have so much trouble getting my knees up onto my triceps! any suggestions? it's so frustrating :(
scratch5 scratch5 10 years
Dang that looks hard. Is there a way to build up to that.? Like a version where your feet are on the grounds somehow?
mandyjean mandyjean 10 years
wow this looks like fun, my fiance and i are house sitting, this should give us something to do tonight! I can try it while he laughs!
Fitness Fitness 10 years
Yeah - you just have to do it S-L-O-W-L-Y, because your bottom weighs a little (just a little) more than your head. :)
kevindineen kevindineen 10 years
Lifting head up takes some arm strength! DAMN!
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
I don't think it's really dangerous. You don't have far to fall since you're already on the floor.
DStirk DStirk 10 years
lifting your head up sounds so hard and dangerous! i am so not coordinated.
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
I think it's called a frog stand. You start out in a squat, then tip forward and put your knees on your elbows. I can't do it without tipping forward onto my face. :S
Fitness Fitness 10 years
Lift your head up, like crow? I love that idea. Could be my next yoga challenge...
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
Ever try picking your head up? Man, if you can do that without tipping over you're a yoga MASTER.
redegg redegg 10 years
Whee this looks fun! I haven't done yoga in about a year and need to get started again. I was so proud because I could do crow and a couple other balances pretty well. Now, forget it.
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