Parsva Bakasana - Side Crane Crow
It was arm balances that first attracted me to developing a yoga practice in the beginning. I was 16 and recovering from a dislocated arm from gymnastics. While my tumbling days were over the desire to play hadn't died. My first instructor was a powerhouse that can do all these wild and wonderful arm balances and handstands. She would break down the postures for us and then demonstrate what seemed nearly impossible. I was hooked and have been playing around in the art for the past 11 years. It took me several years before I was finally able to get my hip off the back arm in side crow. There was a point when I even concluded that my body just doesn't work like that and it's not going to happen. Then magically one day I went into the pose and my weight was not evenly distributed, or so I thought because I was only finding the support on one arm. Then I plopped down onto both arms and realized..... oh you just did it!!! So I came out of the posture and setup again to go into side crow, but changing my drishti to the side looking out past my toes verses the ground as I had always been doing in the past. I played around with my stability, distribution of weight and gaze. There were several failed attempts, but finally found that happy spot to float on just one arm. Voila! The posture had advanced. My practice is always changing and evolving. Sometimes I use both arms for support in side crow and sometimes I can find my center with the back hip hovering above the arm. What works for you in your arm balances?