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Yes, it is possible to build arm strength with just your bodyweight. If you’re looking for yoga sequences that target the upper body, these flows will leave your arms and upper body a little stronger—and potentially a little sore. (Hey, we warned you.)
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Looking for a sequence that will prep you for arm balances? This 38-minute flow from Liz Arch is all about the shoulders. Through a series of plank poses and lunges, you will feel the effects of this dynamic practice almost immediately. You (and your shoulders) will feel prepped and ready for those arm balances and inversions. Practice now.
Only have a few minutes to work on your arms—and arm challenge poses? Try this 10-minute practice with Erin Keeley. In this flow, you’ll move through five arm balances and inversions, including crowd-favorite Eka Pada Koundinyasana I (Pose Dedicated to the Sage Koundinya I). Practice now.
Build heat—and target your forearms—in this 40-minute flow with Liz Arch. Through a series of standing postures, plank poses and simple twists, you’ll work on strengthening your forearms, as well as the rest of your upper body. Working on building to Salamba Sirsasana (Supported Headstand)? This is a great practice to add in preparation. Practice now.
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