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In Iyengar, we are taught to gaze at the wall as you kick up, but then to adjust your gaze towards the center of the room as you work in the pose...


Add glaucoma to the contraindications...


Mark - I'm a yoga student, and I've seen an instructor go from this position to a forearm bridge/wheel. But I'd make sure you're comfortable in a forearm bridge first before going into it from this pose.


kburi and Jill--I was taught that the gaze should be forward towards the block. However, in my own practice I also do it with the crown of the head facing the floor and the gaze to the centre of the room.
Mark--it is possible to go into a bridge but it takes control and no small amount of courage. I accidentally 'helped' a fellow teacher into a bridge and though it freaked her out at first, she got quite a rush. We spent the next ten minutes working out the bridge transition together and it was great!


question. instructions say gaze into center of room, but the picture the gaze is at the floor. which is it? thanks


Hi, is it possible to do a bridge from this position?
You know, similar to a handstand to bridge movement?


One of my favorite poses..however, in the description (as well as how I was taught this posture) the head should not be lifted like in the pic. Can you advise on this?


Just tried this pose last week as I was a little scared and it worked! I thought this was impossible for me! I now have to practice my balace in this pose, eventually getting up without the wall and holding balance! xxx


wow thus one is actually really fun!!!

ishbel gordon

I'm 67 years old now and definitely losing muscle power so getting more insight into how to do this pose and full arm balance without gripping the muscles - there are non to grip! - it's so en-lightening! Getting lighter and more 'up' as you age is awesome...

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