@miss_sunitha on Arm Balance Tips 💛
Arm Balance is another type of yoga asana (pose) that doesn’t happen overnight for most of us. We usually have to start somewhere, and that starting point doesn’t always look ‘glamorous’ 😆 But that’s okay! Instead of focusing on what the end pose should look like, shift that focus on keeping consistent effort and awareness - and one day you’ll get there. You might pick up some pretty valuable life lessons on the way too
There are 2 ‘bandhas’ (locks) that are important to self-investigate and learn to be aware of, especially if you’re working on arm balances. These are shown in the video:
1️⃣ Mula Bandha
You can Google this term to find all types of different explanations. I like to think of it as an engagement that starts from the subtle muscle that’s sits between the anus and our ‘private’ part. The action is an upward curl of that muscle from that point to the belly button - think of it as a scooping action. Some people like to refer to it as the tailbone tucking. But in reality, the tucking of the tailbone is a by-product of the deep muscle engagement.
2️⃣ Hasta Bandha
This is the energy that is generated from the palms by pressing the fingertips and the knuckles to the ground. By pushing the fingertips and knuckles to the floor, think of absorbing that energy from the floor upwards - from the fingertips, through the middle of the palms, all the way up the arms and through the shoulder blades. The by-product of that action is the rounding of the upper back from the shoulder blades spreading apart.
Regardless of how your arm balance looks like right now, actively work on these 2 actions. And over time you’ll start building strength in those deep muscles, which will (I promise!) create lightness in the lift.
Happy practicing! And feel free to DM me if you have questions!