I think we're all ready to kick it up a notch and try this gorgeous arm balancing yoga pose. I know it looks intense and very advanced, but as with most yoga poses, with a few tricks and some practice, you'll have this pose down in no time. I've never seen this taught in a traditional yoga class, but actually saw it on this old Russian yoga competition video. Talk about an oxymoron!
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English Translation: Hummingbird
I know you're dying to try it. To see a video demonstrating an easy way to get into this pose just read more.
- You really need open hips for this pose, so you may want to spend some time doing Butterfly, Pigeon, and Double Pigeon as a warm-up.
- When you're ready, start in a standing position. Bend your right knee and place your right ankle right above your left knee. Then bend both knees and squat down, keeping your right ankle in place, so your foot is hanging off the side of your thigh.
- Rotate your torso to the left so that your right foot comes in contact with your right tricep. You want your left thigh to be pressing against the outside edge of your right foot (it helps to keep your right foot from sliding off your arm). Rest your left hip on your left elbow for added support. Place both palms firmly on the ground.
- In order to balance, you need to put weight into your right foot, as if you're stepping up onto the back of your right arm. Press into your palms and lift your left leg straight out, so that your left thigh is resting on your right elbow.
- Bring your gaze to your left toes and hold for five deep breaths. Then release by bending your left knee and placing your left foot on the ground, and then your right. Come up to stand, and then try this pose on the other side.