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Nichol's TIPs: Forearm Stand, the beauty of the mysterious, and developing shoulder strength and flexibility

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This week, we'll explore Forearm Stand (Pincha Mayurasana),the beauty of the mysterious, and developing shoulder strength and flexibility

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STEP 1. 

PLACE your hands and forearms on the floor.  

"Place your hands and forearms on the floor. Make sure your elbows come no wider than shoulder width distance apart."

STEP 2. 

KNIT your ribcage in to

ENGAGE your core. 

"As you walk your feet into dolphin pose, knit your ribcage in and back to engage your core. You should feel an engagement and a kind of hollowing of the front side of your body to fill the back side of your body. This engagement is essential for entering with strength into forearm stand."

STEP 3. 

LENGTHEN your tailbone toward your heels and HUG your legs together. 

"Keeping the engagement of your core, lengthen your tailbone toward your heels and hug your legs together. Find this standing upright and then find it again when you kick up into forearm stand."


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by Albert Einstein, the world-famous theoretical physicist, renowned for his Theory of Relativity

"The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and science. 

  • Source: The World As I See It by Albert Einstein


When have you last encountered the mysterious? Was it something in nature, in a relationship......was it evoked by a piece of literature? What did this mystery inspire in you? Did it inspire you to look deeper, to study? Did it inspire artistic expression?



Developing Shoulder Strength & Flexibility PRACTICE


Here is a LINK to a fun flowing sequence that includes multiple arm balances and an opportunity for handstand (or forearm stand) about 18min in. Give it a try!


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Until next week, 

Nichol Chase

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