This week I thought we could try an arm balance! The last yoga pose (Forearm Stand) was an inversion. The difference between the two are that inversions are poses where your head is below your heart, and arm balances are a foundational change where your hands and arms become your “feet” and “legs”. An example of an arm balance is Firefly (Tittibhasana).
First, you’ll need 2 blocks and I recommend a blanket. To get into this pose, keep your feet a little wider than shoulder width distance apart. The blocks should be behind you. Come into a squat and place your hands on the blocks finger tips facing forward. Lift your butt into the air so that your thighs begin to rest as close to the tops of your shoulders as possible.
Ask yourself, how does this feel?
Next, bend into your arms and begin to lower your hips while lifting one foot off of the ground or maybe both. Engage your core to help lift you up. Play here.
You will definitely start to feel this in your wrists and arms as your weight begins to shift.
Eventually you will be able to lift both feet off of the ground! This friends, is Firefly! Try to straighten your legs as much as possible.
Breathe. Look up and smile! Have some fun with it!
- Keep your heart and mind open to trying out this pose. It is difficult, but that’s the beauty of our yoga journey. Each time you practice and grow stronger you bring yourself that much closer to achieving it.
- Use a blanket. You will fall. I did so many times 😂. If you can land on something soft it helps and makes it easier to get back up and try again.
- Use blocks to bring the Earth to you. You can definitely practice this pose without them, but for me I just needed that extra lift.
- Have fun! It’s just yoga. Keep breathing and keep trying.