Go For it! 20 Minutes of Arm Balances

In my current mentoring group, arm balances top the list for least-liked, most-avoided class of poses. You might feel the same way about including these demanding, effortful, humbling, yet empowering and strengthening poses into your home practice routine.

To get you going, here is a 20-minute arm balance sequence you can sprinkle in to your practice once a week, adding your own appropriate warm-up (think: wrists, arms, core and hips) and counterposes . Attempt each of these two times for short holdings. That’s what I did for years. It helped me not only to do these poses but also actually begin to really love them. Go for it!

  1. Handstand
  2. Lolasana
  3. Bakasana
  4. Eka Hasta Bhujasaana
  5. Astavakrasana
  6. Vasisthasana
  7. Bhujapidasana
  8. Titthibasana
  9. Parsva Bakasana
  10. Eka Pada Bakasana II
  11. Eka PAda Bakasana I
  12. Eka Pada Galavasana
  13. Eka Pada Koundinyasana II
  14. Eka Pada Koundinyasana I
  15. Visvamitrasana