Vinyāsa

Arm Balance Preparation Poses

bakasana

I seldom do REAL arm balances because my wrists kind of hate them. I am very tight in mr forearms, and my shoulders, and my chest. 

All of which mean I don't quite access the pathways of weight in my hands as I should, for comfort.

I'm working on releasing my upper body but it's an uphill struggle given how much I drive and use a computer. I'm all about good biomechanics these days, so I don't do stuff that I KNOW will hurt me. Well, mostly I don't. Sigh.

If you're in the same boat, I offer you these arm balance prep poses. They won't put as much pressure on your wrists, shoulders, or neck, but they WILL get you strong!!!

Here are my three favourites for you to practice at home! 

And if you are working towards  Bakasana (Crane or Crow Pose) and can't QUITE get liftoff, here's a little trick for you from our friend Jenifer at Healium:


What style of yoga do mm...Yoga! teach?

Good question. We teach what can really be best described as 'corporate yoga'. I.e. people will get challenged, but the pace isn't too fast as it's silly to expect folks to come straight out of work mode & meetings and into a very fast moving yoga class where the risk of injury exists.

 We sometimes call it 'slow power yoga' so that people know they will be doing lots of lunges, squats, and planks, but that they won't be moving as fast as in a traditional vinyasa class.

We do a lot of strength and postural work, too, so people can get through their daily lives feeling more physically comfortable and calmer.

 Here's a sample of how a mm...Yoga! class might look:

  • Start in savasana (lying on your back) with breath awareness
  • shoulder warm ups
  • cat-cow
  • down dog (where we asess what people’s shoulder girdles are doing and their hamstring mobility)
karen down dog
karen down dog
squatting is good for you ass-ana!
squatting is good for you ass-ana!
  • short rest on back, then core work, bridge pose, maybe side plank if appropriate:
  • reclining twist
reclining twist
reclining twist
  • savasana (guided relaxation)