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If you’re like me, you see pictures like the ones above and have one of two reactions. The first is, “Oh my god, I wish I could do that!” And the second one is, “..yeah, there’s no way I can do that.” Whatever reaction you may have, I’m here to tell you that you CAN do that. Arm balances are the most difficult of yoga poses, but are more than possible for anyone to do. The four keys to being able to do arm balances are strength, flexibility, mental discipline and practice. Let’s go over all of these points individually.
Strength: You wanna start with the basics here. Plank pose, Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana), Chaturanga Dandasana, and Boat Pose (Navasana). Arm balances require two kinds of strength, upper body/arm strength, and core strength. All of these poses will help you build that strength up. Start with regular practice of Plank and Downward Facing Dog. These poses put weight on the arms and shoulders, and build up isometric strength your pectoral muscles (chest), deltoids (cap of your shoulder) and triceps (back of your upper arm). When you’re feeling like you’ve built some strength and have been practicing these poses enough, it’s time to move onto some Chatarungas and Vinyasa flows. Push-ups can also help you with this process of building strength. For abdominal and core strength, try Boat pose.
Flexibility: Flexibility is a huge factor in any yoga practice, and regular practice of yoga will help you build up your flexibility. Basic poses like Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend) and (Mountain Pose) can help with your flexibility. Any forward folds and twists will help you achieve the flexibility needed to get safely into these complicated arm balances.
Mental Discipline: This is one of the biggest parts of arm balances and inversions. So may of us are afraid of falling. And you know what? You might fall. You probably will on your first few tries. But you have to keep going. You have to have the mental strength and courage to deal with failure, and keep trying. Going upside down is something that scares a lot of people, but mind over matter comes into play here. Again, what’s the worse that could happen? You’ll fall? True strength comes from falling, but getting up and trying again.
Practice: The key to being good at anything and everything is practice. Daily practice of yoga will help with your health - mentally and physically. Practicing arm balances daily will help you perfect them until you can get up and into them without a second thought.
Good luck, love and light to you all! Namaste.
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March 4, 2013
I was unpacking when I heard you walk in. I had on light pink lipstick that I found at the bottom of a box. You put a few things on the counter and handed me my car keys. I kissed you and asked if you could help me move the bed. You said you needed to talk. I keep replaying this over and over in my mind. I don’t think I’ll be able to unpack the rest of our boxes.
April 4, 2013
It’s been a month since you left.
Mark says you’re not coming back.
I can’t sleep.
Are you awake?
May 4, 2013
I finally went to the doctor like you had begged me to.
You were right and yeah, I’ll be fine.
June 4, 2013
I sold my engagement ring at a pawn shop today. I bought expensive lipstick and flowers. I also bought a lot of beer and a carton of cigarettes. I’ve lost a lot weight since you last saw me. My friends from high school that I haven’t seen in years hardly recognize me. It’s weird being back in this town without you. I spend most of my afternoons at the beach. I saw a sea turtle today while I was swimming. I miss eating breakfast food at midnight with you.
July 4, 2013
I stumbled across the video of you in the car singing Taylor Swift. I deleted it before it played all the way through but I have to admit it made me laugh. I can’t remember how your voice sounds saying my name. I broke down and called you. Thank you for not answering.
August 4, 2013
I dropped my cigarette in my lap when you drove past me today.
September 4, 1012
I went on a date.
He thinks Bud Light is “quality beer”.
It just isn’t going to work out.
October 4, 2013
It doesn’t hurt anymore to say your name.
November 4, 2013
Hope you’re doing well.
December 12, 2013
Thank you for setting me free.
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