Asana Category – Arm Balancing Poses, Arm Balances

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we examine arm balancing poses as a category, and ways to apply this knowledge in teaching.


Become proficient in the nature and effects of arm balancing poses, and considerations for wisely teaching and sequencing them.


Describe three types of arm balances, noting the shoulder joint position and relative joint stress for each. Describe the effects of arm balance poses beyond balancing in general. Provide precise instructions and considerations for hand placement in weight-bearing poses. Speak to the subject of activating the feet and legs in arm balance poses. Provide additional teaching considerations for practice and for sequencing of arm balancing poses. Provide a list of poses that may serve as alternatives or preparation for arm balancing. Name arm balancing poses. [See also: Balancing Poses.]


adho mukha vrksasana, arm balancing poses, astavakrasana, bakasana, bhujapidasana, camatkarasana, dwi pada koundinyasana, eka hasta bhujasana, eka pada bakasana, eka pada galavasana, eka pada koundinyasana, eka pada koundinyasana II, kakasana, kukkutasana, lolasana, mayurasana, parsva bakasana, tittibhasana, tolasana, vasisthasana, visvamitrasana, vrschikasana

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