Learn how to really take flight in Bakasana and beyond with this core-activating sequence.
Arm balances are only partially about the arms. Without a strong core, you may find yourself relying on your upper body to muscle through them. But the key to really taking flight in arm balances like Bakasana is distributing your attention equally between the core by activating the pelvic floor and lower abdominals and the upper body by finding stability and strength in the shoulder girdle. Training the mind to focus on the core in these poses stabilizes the asana but also gives you practice finding your peaceful center in challenging situations. That's work that applies off the mat, too.
In this step-by-step method, you will begin by summoning the core strength you need to lift the body and then integrate the work of the shoulders to create a solid foundation for your body weight. Never rush the journey toward strength. Instead take the time to build it up slowly and enjoy the process.