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A compact arm balance, Crane Pose tones and strengthens the abdominal organs and arms.
This pose is named in honor of Astavakra (literally, "eight curves"), a sage born, because of his father's curse, with deformed limbs, later made straight after bathing in the Samanga river.
This arm balance requires more core strength than arm strength.
In Hindu lore, the peacock is a symbol of immortality and love.
Eka Pada Koundinyasana I is a twist, but it's one in which the legs go in separate ways.
The head, torso, and legs hang from and balance on the hands like the pans of an old-fashioned scale.
The key to Parsva Bakasana is twisting enough to place the outer edge of one upper arm far around the outside of the opposite thigh.
Purvottanasana counteracts the effects of Chaturanga by stretching the pectoralis major, pectoralis minor, and anterior deltoids.
A modification of Plank Pose, Dolphin Plank Pose strengthens and tones the core, thighs, and arms.
This pose is also commonly called Forearm or Elbow Balance.
The challenging yoga push-up frequently practiced as part of the traditional Sun Salutation sequence.
Plank Pose is a good precursor to more challenging arm balances.
Tones the belly and spine, strengthens the arms and wrists, and gives your self-confidence a big boost.
This arm balance relies more on precise positioning than on strength, making it more accessible for students beginning an arm balancing practice.
A powerful arm and wrist strengthener. Might also be called the One-Arm Balance.
One poetic translation of this pose means "the ecstatic unfolding of the enraptured heart."
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