Forearm Balance: Shoulder Stability and Mobility

Fiji McAlpine
Vinyasa/Power Yoga
Yoga for Strength
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This is Fiji's 1st video is a series that gives you what you need to attempt the advanced yoga pose pincha mayurasana, or forearm balance. In this class, she helps you with shoulder strength and stability, as well as flexibility and mobility. These are essential elements when attempting to support your entire body on your forearms, and Fiji also uses clear description to help you feel the weight transfer and source of strength to hold the pose.


Good class! A little
karen77ca 4 weeks ago

Good class! A little unbalanced with the arm circles since it was only done on one side but a good class for establishing shoulder strength which I clearly lack. Looking forward to doing the other classes in this series.

Great Calss! Just found this
Wargok29 6 months ago

Great Calss! Just found this site and I am already loving it!!!
Thank you for all you do

This was a great series. The
cariarnot 8 months ago

This was a great series. The foundational work is challenging and really ties into the goal of accomplishing the forearm balance. I am a lot weaker on one side so the work to build up to forearm balance is necessary fro me and i am thankful to have these suggestions. Another series that I do to mobilize my shoulders and work on stability of the scapula is a wall pose with shoulder 90 abduction, hand on wall, and movements in/out of shoulder ER/IR to set the scapula (not sure if there is a yoga name for it). Also I use Lion pose to work on scapular patterns and stability.

Loved it!
Yoginicath 8 months ago

Forearm balance is scary for me: I am afraid to fall and I feel very insecure about my shoulder stability. Hence, this class was challenging. At the same time I am sure that if I do it more often, I will overcome my fear by increasing shoulder stability. This is the way forward! Thank you for sharing this class!

I loved this!
LucyHB 9 months ago

Ooh I loved this class! Apart from the shoulder work, and hopefully helping me move towards forearm balance, there was lots of good core work, and I felt it in the legs too! Thanks Fiji :-)

My shoulders frequently hurt,
deborahcb 10 months ago

My shoulders frequently hurt, and I realize how much I need to focus on how I'm moving and holding my shoulders during my day. Thank you for helping me keep my minds eye on my shoulders and to strengthen them slowly and safely. Your guidance is reassuring and so easy to follow, as usual.

love love love Figi's classes
chopper 10 months ago

This was a good challenging class with clear instructions and an incredible back drop- Oh Canada, our home and native land.................
Love waking up to a new class !!

Kaoya 10 months ago

Oh, sweet! I have just begin working more seriously towards forearm balances... Perfect timing! :)
Thanks, Fiji!

Great minds think alike!
Fiji McAlpine 8 months ago

Happy to help! I really wanted to start to work on this pose again myself, it has been out of my regular practice for over a year as I had a fairly difficult pregnancy with my second child. In some ways I am starting back at the beginning so working on the foundation was the best place to start!

Love Fiji
solmirkin 10 months ago

Fiji and I have a soul connection. I'm having stiff shoulders this last days and this comes up with the challenge from her that I always loved. I can't wait to work with her personally