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Day 4 of #PURE5Pillars: Fire โ€“ Twist/Arm Balance

Day 4 of #PURE5Pillars: Fire - Twist/Arm Balance

๐Ÿ”ฅ ๐Ÿ”ฅ ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Day 4 of #Pure5Pillars is ๐Ÿ”ฅ

And the choice is Twist/Arm balance.

When it comes to arm balances/twists, because of the intense nature of these poses we tend to do 2 things.

โ€ข We tend to push too hard to get there โ€ข We avoid it and op out

๐™Ž๐™ค๐™ข๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฅ๐™จ ๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™–๐™ง๐™ข ๐™—๐™–๐™ก๐™–๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™š๐™จ

Most students think they canโ€™t do arm balance because of their lack of strength. The truth is most students canโ€™t do arm balance because of the lack of technique and the inability to relax in the pose.

๐ŸŒŸ Break it down. Observe where your struggle is. It is the arms? The hips? The core? Or perhaps itโ€™s the angle! ๐ŸŒŸ Donโ€™t become overly intense in your desire to perform the pose. Relax and see what happens! ๐ŸŒŸPractice consistently.

When it comes to twists,

Twists feel claustrophobic and yet have a dynamic effect on breathing. Most students find it difficult to breathe because we are all squeezed and twisted yet if we can facilitate our breathing we can release the tension in our bodies and feel more at ease.

๐™Ž๐™ค๐™ข๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฅ๐™จ ๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™จ

โœจ Use props to facilitate the twists so itโ€™s not forceful โœจ Binds are fine but not to the extent to compromise breathing and alignment โœจDonโ€™t forget to breath

My choice of today is one of the most challenging arm balances in my own practice โ€“ Parva Kukkutasana.

Yeaโ€ฆ Itโ€™s a lot.

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