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Learning an Arm Balance? Use Your Legs

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 25, 2014 10:00:00 AM / by Erin Aquin posted in Arm Balances

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Last week, I told a story about how I proved to one of my friends that I could teach him Crow pose in less than three minutes. To help him, one of the important things we focused on was using his legs.

When you think of an "arm balance" it is only natural that you would assume that the work comes from the arms. More often than not however, the reason it is so darn hard to get off the ground is that the legs aren't working appropriately. If you don't work the legs, they are just dead weight working against you.

As promised, here is a short video for you to help get that lift-off in Crow pose (Hint: if you remember the Thighmaster from the late 80's/ early 90's, you're halfway there). Have fun and let me know how you do!

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How to Blow Your Mind (and Learn Crow) in 3 Minutes

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 14, 2014 10:00:00 AM / by Erin Aquin posted in Arm Balances, Yin Yang Yoga

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Over the holidays I went to an event put on by the Loft Sessions in Boston. While hanging out and catching up with friends there, I found myself as part of a trio discussing yoga. One of my friends was telling me about his favourite class at South Boston Yoga but remarked at how difficult some of the arm balances can be.

The person in question is a full foot taller than me and a strong guy so I was curious as to what pose in particular he found so challenging. He explained that he had been unable to do Crow pose but that most of the people in the class could—even the tiny women like me. I very emphatically told him that in fact he could do it and there was no reason why not. He countered with the argument that he had been working on it for a long time and it just wasn't happening. Finally and offhandedly I said "I can teach you that pose in 3 minutes and I promise you, you will be able to do it."

At that, the third in our party kindly made me put my money where my mouth is and pulled us into a side room off the main party to give it a shot. In just three minutes I had explained, demonstrated and stood back to watch my friend take flight into crow pose for the very first time.

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