Ab Work for Better Arm Balances

If you haven’t noticed, arm balances tend to require a good deal of abdominal strength (and hence can be good postures for exercising the abs).

If you’d like to aspire to those cool arm-balancing poses that you’ve probably seen on the cover of yoga magazines or on your Instagram feed, you'll need to learn how to use the power of your abdominal muscles (in combination with proper arm alignment) to effortlessly float up into poses like Eka Pada Koundinyasana, Bakasana, Eka Pada Bakasana, Astavakrasana, etc.

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To practice arm balances like these and more - in conjunction with core engagement exercises - tune into the following online yoga videos created to activate your abs in preparation for lift off!

Core Detox: Arm Balance Flow with Ashley Turner

Flow through an invigorating online yoga class and feel how a galvanized core lights up arm balances. Begin with a Kundalini Kriya to awaken tapas (inner fire of purification). Follow with a strong standing flow of twists and variations on core work, which creatively roll into arm balances (variations for all levels). (91 mins.)

Core & Hip Work leading to Eka Pada Koundinyasana with Joan Hyman

This energizing online yoga flow is perfect to start your day, igniting your core muscles and opening stuck energy in the hips. This practice is fun and creative with long deep holds to strengthen and release at the same time. After a standing pose sequence that includes balancing, you will move into the arm balance Eka Pada Koundinyasana before finishing with some sweet pigeon delight! (54 mins.)

Abs and Arm Balances with Peter Barnett

In this more instructional online yoga video, Peter presents exercises that will help you build abdominal core strength in preparation for practicing arm balances. Then, explore opportunities to practice a number of advanced arm balances and arm-balancing transitions. (34 mins.)

Sure, maybe you won’t have the core strength today to realize some of the rather advanced arm balances presented in these yoga videos. But don’t shy away! Take them on anyways. Yeah, you may struggle, tremble, and fall, but who cares? Not you. Laugh it off. Then, try again. This is how you begin cultivating both your inner and outer strength. Piece by piece it will all come together.

Image Credit: Eka Pada Koundinyasana via www.web.stagram.com/n/cbabyyyy_xo
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