I get a lot of yoga questions about inversions and arm balances, especially those big poses like handstand and grasshopper pose. Another one of those poses is forearm stand. While it's never going to be a pose that you can master in exactly seven steps - there are a lot of in between stages, staying at a stage for a while and let's not forget all of the falling down!
Forearm stand requires a lot of core strength and upper body strength so keep working on those too. Slowly and surely you will get there. Here's how to work your way into it:
1) Begin in downward dog, lengthening through the spine, sending the sit bones up to the sky and pushing the mat away through your hands.
2) Come down onto your knees and forearms to measure your distance. Grab for opposite elbows with opposite hands, this is where you want your elbows to stay. One of the biggest things I see is elbows too far apart, which is never going to make things easy so keep them in place by pushing the mat away with your forearms.
3) Chose your hand placement - it's personal preference so maybe play with a few - I personally like prayer hands but you can also place the palms flat on the mat.
4) Dolphin pose - lift the hips high, push the mat away with the forearms to engage your shoulders and lift your favourite leg high. Just make sure to work both sides, one will be easier than the other.
5) Bend the back knee and take a little hop (you might be playing around here for a while) when you find that magical balance point keep breathing and glue your bottom foot to your bum.
6) If you feel stable here extend through the bottom leg as well so you come into split legs - think of yourself as a seesaw, it's easier to balance here than if your legs were straight.
7) Maybe see what happens when you bring the legs together. Keep pushing the mat away with the forearms, lift the belly button in and up to fire up your core and think about energy shooting out through your toes to lift and lengthen through the whole body.
If you are worried about falling over have a friend or teacher that you trust to spot you or go up against the wall until you learn the basics. When you have finished practising, go into child's pose for a few long, deep breaths. Above all else have fun and don't take yourself too seriously.
SKINS Compression DNAmic Collection Review
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