Arm Balance Yoga Poses: How-to, Tips, Benefits, Images, Videos

Arm balances are good for strength, body awareness, and focus, providing some fun challenges for every body. Here are some poses to get you started.

Plank - Start on your hands and knees, shoulders directly over your wrists. More on Plank Pose >>

Side Plank - From a plank, lift your hips up slightly, then shift your weight into one hand as you roll your whole body open to the side. More on Side Plank Pose >>

Crow - Come into a squat with your feet about as wide as your mat. Plant your palms on the ground under your shoulders... More on Crow Pose >>

Half Crow - It’s much easier to drop into this with your hips up high than it is just to bring your knee straight forward, so begin in a short downward dog. More on Half Crow Pose >>

Lifted Half Crow - From a half crow, open in the front of your back hip and abdomen to lift your back leg higher and free your front knee from your arm. More on Lifted Half Crow Pose >>

Dolphin - To build arm and shoulder strength, particularly for forearm stands, walk your feet toward your elbows, bringing your... More on Dolphin Pose >>

Dolphin Plank Pose - From hands and knees, bring your forearms to the ground, elbows right under your shoulders. More on Dolphin Plank Pose >>

Peacock - From hands and knees, turn your hands out and around so fingers are facing backward. Have your hands... More on Peacock Pose >>

Firefly - Come into a squat, feet about mat width apart. Straighten legs about half way, and then tuck shoulders behind your knees. More on Firefly Pose >>

Forearm Stand - From your hands and knees, lower your forearms to the ground, elbows right under your shoulders, hands straight forward... More on Forearm Stand Pose >>

Handstand - There is no need to jump into this pose. Your grounded foot will lift easily when your weight is more forward of your wrists than behind them. More on Handstand Pose >>

Michael Taylor

Co-Founder Of Strala Yoga & Tai Chi Expert
Mike Taylor is the co-founder of Strala along with his wife, Tara Stiles. He studied mind-body medicine at Harvard and complementary medicine at Oxford. Mike has practiced Eastern movement and healing, including tai chi and qigong, for more than 30 years. In his younger years, Mike challenged centuries of reasonable and well-tested martial traditions in hundreds of competitions by applying unruly imagination to a world where rules were unbreakable. His record established the strength of finding your own way in your own body rather than copying the techniques of other people’s traditions. As he got older, Mike continued on to medical applications of the mind-body connection in university. After running into walls with standard medical practice in the United States and England, he left his health care roots for a little while. As the first internet boom was getting started, he joined the startup team of one company, then founded a couple more. Now through Strala, Mike has found his way back to health care done right: helping people let go of stress in their bodies and minds, enable their lives, and become their own best caregivers.Mike has climbed some of the world’s largest mountains in Alaska, the Alps, and the Himalayas. He’s now a cyclist and runner and spends as much free time as possible exploring the backcountry on foot, skis, and snowboard. He lives in New York with his wife, Tara, and baby, Daisy.
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