With careful emphasis on technique and strategic preparatory poses, you will find the energy to move beyond your limits one breath at a time.
Arm balances are all about mental and physical endurance. Working toward a pose like Bhujapidasana (Shoulder-Pressing Pose) can make you feel like you've hit a wall. But with careful emphasis on technique and strategic preparatory poses, you will find the energy to move beyond your limits slowly—one breath at a time.
Each time you feel that you’ve reached a limit, ask yourself whether it is mental or physical. If it’s mental and your body feels OK, ask yourself if you can stay for one more breath. If it’s physical, back off and focus on one of the preparatory poses instead.
When I was learning Bhujapidasana, I fell out of the pose more times and in more ways than I could count. It’s not important how many times you fall, just that you get back up and try again each time. Stay positive, focus on the technique, and enjoy the process of building strength and you will make progress on the inner journey each time you practice.
See also Kino MacGregor’s Sequence for Inner Strength