I used to think that Handstands were tough. They still are, but forearm balance has a difficulty of the whole new level, which makes this elusive pose even more desirable 🙂 I am still learning to balance it without the wall, but it takes years of practice to do Pincha Mayurasana without any support. I cannot stop being amazed by all those yogis and gymnasts who transition into the feathered peacock flawlessly.
What I have learned is to keep practicing. Keep jumping, keep pushing yourself, if you fall down – do a facepalm, pick yourself up and try again. I could barely do Dolphin pose before. But slowly and steadily, I kept working on my arms and core strength, and one fine day, I could lift myself up and my legs finally hit the wall.
My biggest struggle right now is to keep the forearms parallel. I get it right on few occasions, but on others, I clasp my palms together and concentrate on relaxing in this pose.
How to do Forearm Balance?
For core strength: Plank holds, side planks and boat pose (navasana) variations.
For warm-up: A couple of Surayamaskar sequences and wrist warmups
I start by holding Dolphin pose for few breaths. Then clasp my hands together, and try to lift one leg up. If you are a beginner like me, practice this against the wall for safety. This would also help you to maintain proper alignment and you will learn to be comfortable in this inversion. It is important to relax and breath.
Here’s a sequence that I hope will give you a better idea.
For a long time, I was stuck in the first pose, which is alright. You are building a foundation for something amazing. Be patient and appreciate even the smallest of progress.
Stay here for a couple breaths or till you are comfortable.
Slowly move your legs away from the wall one at a time. This is where I am currently. You can repeat the sequence if you like, but don’t overdo it. Listen to your body and stop if you feel any kind of pain. Rest in child pose.
Once you are comfortable in Pincha Mayurasana, you can try to push yourself a bit further and try variations with a backbend.
Here’s a video that I found useful when I was trying to figure out how to go about this whole thing.
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