Arm Balances

Arm balance poses help build strength, increase body awareness, and sharpen focus. Side Plank strengthens the side waist, enhancing lateral balance and muscle tone. Besides the poses featured here, see also Crow Pose (Katasana) or Crane/Birdie Pose (Bakasana) in the Bird Poses Section, as well as Handstand (Adho Mukha Vrksasana), Forearm Balance or Feathered Peacock (Pincha Mayurasana) and Supported Headstand (Salamba Sirsasana) in the Inversions section. In addition, the following poses also help build arm strength to help one’s body prepare for arm balance poses: Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) and Upward Facing Dog (Urdvah Mukha Svanasana) in the Dog Poses section, and Dolphin (Makarasana) in the Inversions section.