Forearm Stand: How-to, Tips, Benefits

In our beginner yoga pose series, Michael Taylor from Strala Yoga in New York City, demonstrates and gives us the scoop on a Forearm Stand.

How-to: From your hands and knees, lower your forearms to the ground, elbows right under your shoulders, hands straight forward from your elbows. Tuck your toes and lift your hips up high. With your hip slightly open, lift one leg high in the air, rolling your weight forward off your grounded foot. Bring both legs together straight up in the air, gently squeezing your knees and ankles together.

Tips: Your grounded foot will lift easily off the ground when your lifted leg is reaching high enough and your weight is shifted forward enough over your elbows. Be patient and work on a good foundation, there is no need to jump into this pose.

Benefits: Builds arm and shoulder strength. Opens the hips and thighs. Builds balance and patience. Good for circulation.

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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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