Forearm Balance: Shoulder Stability and Mobility

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Instructor Fiji McAlpine
Average: 4.9 (59 votes)
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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. This class will prepare you for the next steps in Forearm Balance: Strong Core and Solid Base, Forearm Balance: Workshop, and Forearm Balance: Partner Play.

Equipment: Strap, Block
Style: Vinyasa Yoga, Yoga for Strength


Forearm balance is challenging
nadomom 1 month ago

Thanks for this class. My shoulders and neck have been bothersome lately. The stretches in this class feel so good and I'm more aware of my shoulder muscles. I'm going to pull my shoulders down throughout the day as I have a tendency to hunch them.

That last shoulder stretch!!!
duroc017 4 months ago

I had not done this video for a while, and I remembered how great that last shoulder stretch feels. I wish more of the shoulder-focused videos on this site included that stretch, because it is so intense but in a really good way. Anyway, this is another great Fiji class, hallelujah! My shoulders feel amazing now.

Wonderful Shoulder Strength Class!
HarpYoga 4 months ago

Fiji, I've done so many yoga classes from so many people and you are still my absolute favorite yoga instructor - the clarity with which you explain each movement and pose and the creativity of each of your classes is unsurpassed in my humble opinion :) I learn so much from you and my practice is constantly strengthened. Thank you!

Good class! A little
karen77ca 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 !!