Yogo Chin press - Chin pose
Bound Angle Armbalance BELOW
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- "Asht" — meaning "eight"
- "Anga" — meaning "limb"
- "Namaskara" — meaning "salutation"
Be prepared to get bendy! Chin balance requires a majorly open back, which means open hips and open shoulders too. Basically this pose is all about opening—a great thing to practice in the colder, less-light-filled months when we tend to close off.
Take it slow with this one. Chin balance is a major deep backbend, and there is no rush to get into any “final” pose. Be where you are—it is a great place to be!
Bound Angle Pincha Mayurasana - Arm Balance
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Bring the Head Forward rolling through the chest
Straightening the body
When first learning to kick, position yourself close enough to the wall so that when you get your legs up you can place your feet on the wall to stop yourself from flipping over on to your back. Also, you can practice kicking with your hands on the floor and your elbows straight, so that you are doing a handstand. It's a little bit easier. Then once you can do it with your elbows straight, then practice with your forearms on the floor.
Once you get used to kicking up and staying up, you can then work at using your legs to push your center of gravity away from the wall. While doing this, notice how your weight shifts via your forearms. Practice moving your pelvis away from the wall and towards it. Feel the shifting of your weight via your forearms.
Rest when you need to.
Once you are comfortable with kicking up and staying up, the next step is to practice precisely positioning your weight while in forearm stand. To do this focus on moving your pelvis. See if you can position your pelvis so that your center of gravity is over your elbows. You'll feel your elbows digging into the floor. Then try to shift your weight so that it is over the center of your forearms. Then try to shift it so that it is over your hands…. just joking.
You'll probably find that it takes a lot of arm strength to balance on your hands in this position. Optimum, assuming you haven't got any elbow problems, is to balance in pincha mayurasana with your weight just a little bit ahead of your elbows. You'll have to use the muscles at the back of your arms to maintain the same bend in your elbows (the triceps muscles) but this is definitely easier to balance in then if you have your weight centered over your elbows.
Eventually you may want to practice pincha mayurasana without a wall. Make sure that you have a soft surface to land on should you fall. I'd suggest that if you do feel yourself falling, try to roll out of it. And so prior to doing this yoga pose freestanding, practice rolling out. The even better option is to go to a class and have someone you trust, like a teacher who understands the basics of balance, or a gymnastics coach, spot you.
Once you are comfortable doing this free standing, or even if you are doing it with a wall to catch you, play with different arm positions. Compare pincha mayurasana with
- arms parallel,
- arms in a triangle with palms flat, or
- arms in a triangle doing "knife hand." You can even do it with
- fists closed.
Many beginners find it difficult to prevent their elbows from sliding away from each other in this pose. Buckle a strap and loop it over your upper arms, just above your elbows. Extend your arms straight out in front of you at shoulder width and adjust the strap so that it hugs your outer arms. Then use the strap in the pose, but think of pushing the arms slightly in, away from the strap, rather than letting them bulge out into the strap.
- Strengthens the shoulders, arms, and back
- Stretches the shoulders and neck, chest, and belly
- Improves sense of balance
- Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression
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