A special guest post from Toronto-based yogini Donna Wilding
Arm balances didn’t come easy to me. When I first started working with them it was frightening and exhilarating – at the same time. There was potential to ‘fly’ and potential to fall. Learning Bakasana (Crow Pose) resulted in a greater integration of my physical strength with strength of mind.
It was in the repetitive attempts that I found enough courage, as well as shoulder and core strength to learn to take flight like the bird this pose was named after.
Step One: Place your hands shoulder distance apart.
Step Two: Lean forward and lift your bottom.
Step Three: Take one foot off the blocks.
Step Four: Take both feet off the blocks.
Step Five: Put it all together.
Donna Wildingis a teacher of yoga, student of yoga for 10+ years, and a student of life for 32. She’s happy to say she survives in the city of Toronto by sharing her passion for Yoga and Reiki. Arm balances are her favorite way to fly.
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