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This plan is inspired by the arm balances performed in the viral video “The Contortionist” from Q by Equinox. Over the course of one month I will show you how to build strength, gain confidence and develop foundational arm balancing skills!
If you aren’t familiar with the video, you can view it here: http://q.equinox.com/articles/2012/01/yoga-arm-balances
The series opens with a lesson on polishing and refining basic poses like Chaturanga and Crow. Next we progress and focus our efforts on learning the essential elements of more challenging postures including Eka Pada II, Lotus, and Kukkutasana.
Each class starts with a warm up to get your body prepped, then I will guide you through each arm balance so you can develop the muscle memory and strength to eventually move on to the full variations. Learning these movements takes time, patience, and determination so I have structured this series in a class-like format that repeats over the course of a month, which is the best way to absorb the material and apply it to your practice.
This series is open to all levels, but foundational knowledge of Yoga is encouraged as well as strong, healthy wrists.
About Briohny Smyth:
Briohny is best known for appearing in the Q by Equinox videos “The Contortionist” and “The Balancing Act”, inspiring over 8 million viewers. Briohny mentored with Annie Carpenter and Lisa Walford at YogaWorks and is certified 500 E-RYT.
Let’s talk about crow pose….. and more specifically, how to get our butts up + fly in crow pose.
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Here’s the deal with crow pose.
It’s MAGICAL AS SHIT.
Yup, that’s it, no need to read further (just joking yogis, of course there’s more to read).
The reason it’s so magical is it’s typically the first arm balance we fly in, the first pose that makes us feel super badass, the first pose that we balance all of our body’s weight atop our arms, and the first pose that truly scares us.
And because so many of us are either working towards crow pose, have flirted with the posture here + there, or confidently lift our butts up and fly, I thought to myself – let’s do an entire yoga flow working up towards it.
What a great thought, right?
Today’s yoga video is a well-thought out sequence that opens + strengthens all the right spaces, leading to our peak posture – Crow Pose.
Now let’s step on our mats, work to build strength, open our body, and fly into crow pose!
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