Playful Yogis: Importance of Arm Balances

FATTAFIT HAS ALREADY TOLD YOU ABOUT THE MANY WONDERFUL BENEFITS OF YOGA. WE HAVE EXPERT YOGI DIVYA NICHANI SHARE SUPERB TIPS ON THE IMPORTANCE OF ARM BALANCE  FOR ADVANCED YOGIS. Follow us on Facebook for updates.

Arm balances are great for improving mental discipline, building upper body strength and developing core and bone strength. They can be a bit intimidating, but maintaining an open mind and a willingness to explore will help you eventually take flight.

They are a iconic part of the modern yoga scene. It does require a lot of strength, grace, and focus.
7 Useful tips on Arm Balances 
1 When you decide to perform an arm-balance posture, pause for a moment and observe the alignment of your hands, arms and shoulders.
 2 Make sure to warm up well by including simple, accessible postures that include arm positions before tackling the actual arm-balance postures. For example, to work on the alignment of the arms in “Vasisthasana” (side planks) you can use “Warrior 2” in your warm up sequence. If you find it complex to do the arm-balance movement, then use an easier and similar posture that teaches the mechanics of the upper-body.
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Side Plank
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Warrior 2

3  Always be mindful about how you are putting the weight on your hands. You have to press down on your fingertips, and base of the fingers. There should be very little weight on the lower part of the palms. If you put weight there, you risk injuring the wrists .

4 Focus and bring awareness on how to engage the pelvic and abdominal . Remember for arm-balance postures it requires the strength of the entire body. Focus on postures for upper- body strength and flexibility of the lower body in the lead-up to arm-balances.

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Shoulder or Hand Stand

5 When you’re in an arm balance posture like Bakasana (Crow Pose) shift your attention from your arms and shoulders to the Intercostal Muscles (the muscles between your ribs). See if you can engage them and pull your body even further away from the mat.

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6 The balance between effort invested and relaxation between postures is often lost during arm-balance practice. The effort is there in excess, but the relaxation is often forgotten.

It is also common to forget—or never consider—how important it is to be efficient in these postures. In addition to the physical tension that arises in arm-balances, students exert a lot of mental pressure on themselves.

7  Be willing to fall, You will never be able to improve your arm balance practice if you are afraid to fall. Falling is a part of the learning process, and it is nothing to be scared of . Approach your practice with acceptance instead of anxiety, and you might just surprise yourself with your capabilities.

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Remember that arm-balances are just postures, but they are not better than other postures just because they are more challenging

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Divya Nichani is the founder of Puraw Vida. She  is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher from the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Institute Pune & a Raw Vegan Associate Chef from the world’s premier Raw Culinary School:  Living Light, in California and dons the hat of a pastry chef, associate chef & instructor. She is also certified in the science of raw food nutrition. In her journey of teaching yoga she realized that yoga and a combination of raw/ vegan foods & plant based foods could help people to heal emotionally and physically . You can contact her on divyanichani@gmail.com/ 09901195500 /www.purawvida.com

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