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Arm Balances as the Fountain of Youth

Arm Balances as the Fountain of Youth

Need to make a major shift in your perspective or boost your confidence?

We’ve got you covered this week with poses designed to help you feel strong, focused, and humble. Whether you love to balance on your hands and take flight or if you fear falling on your face, this week we’ve got four classes for you to get engaged and turn your world upside down. These practices are empowering and invigorating.

Regardless of how you feel about inversions, these postures are excellent for your circulation, mental focus, and overall mood. It’s helpful to use your full yoga practice to keep your spine flexible, your hips open, your core and upper body strong, and your attitude positive. You may have heard yoga called the 'fountain of youth', and often going upside down is what helps keep your skin glowing with the boost of fresh blood from the heart to the head.

If you’re one of the students who avoid inversions, we challenge you to wipe the slate clean and try again this week. Arm balances are accessible, as long as you’re physically healthy and listen to your body. Usually, our reservations revolve around our fear of falling or looking silly. As long as you can perform chaturanga, you’ve got the upper body strength. A strong core is important for playing with gravity. A willingness to be playful and view the postures as an opportunity to have fun helps immensely. Also, don’t be afraid to use props like blocks, straps, or a wall.

For those of you who wish every class was full of handstands and dragonflies and flying pigeons, good for you. Sometimes we fall into a rut of repeating our favorite postures in exactly the same way or not practicing others at all. We challenge you to try these classes for variety and to enhance your current knowledge and either confirm what you know or learn a new or different method of entering or exiting a pose. Try your beloved arm balances with a beginner’s mind. 

Each of this week’s classes offers a different take on these powerful and graceful postures. We've picked four of our top arm balance classes, each highlighting a different arm balance, to keep you engaged in your practice this week. Get ready to boost your endorphins, gain a new perspective, and have fun! 

1. Kylie Larson - Tittibasana Flow: Balance and Fly

2. Kristin Gibowicz - Fly Like an Eagle

3. Kristen Boyle - Staying Power: Flow into Eka Pada Koundinyasana II

4. Michelle Marchildon - Balance your Way to Bakasana

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