February 04, 2013

Arm Yourself with Flexible Arms

Yoga is known for making people stronger, more flexible, and more balanced. However, as Universal Yoga founder Andrey Lappa notes, most of the poses for arms focus on arm strength, not flexibility. "No yoga school developed poses equally for the legs and arms," he says, "and most poses that train the arms focus on strength."

Of the few poses that focus on arm flexibility, most are active stretches, such as Gomukhasana (Cow Face Pose) and Garudasana (Eagle Pose), which use the strength of one set of muscles to stretch others. To create different and much deeper stretches for the arms and shoulders, Lappa developed a series of passive stretches.

Try this sequence to stretch the arms more deeply and foster balanced flexibility between the arms and the legs.


IN THIS ISSUE

Gomukhasana (Cow Face Pose)

http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/689

Garudasana (Eagle Pose)

http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/785

Open Arms

http://www.yogajournal.com/practice/2038


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