Forearm Balance: Shoulder Stability and Mobility

Intermediate II

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.

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Rhett
February 5, 2021
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Riding the wave of strength, stability and mobility— love that. Great class, good mix of strengthening work and restorative, rest, and stretchy type poses. Excited to try the next one.

Bjoyhale
October 23, 2020
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This has been one of my favorite classes. The shoulder stability moves plus the mobility/stretches of the shoulders has my shoulders feeling strong and stretched. Will come back to this often.

Basia
October 22, 2020
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Clear well paced instructions and progression of poses/exercises. The one thing that would have liked was adaptions of the standing poses. i found the duration of those poses to be too challenging for me. It took away therefore, from the focus on the shoulder work. Please offer less strenuous options for those of us who aren't so advanced. Thanks kindly, B

Namaste713
June 1, 2020
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Great class for shoulders. I’ve really focused on shoulder mobility the last couple of years and the importance of strength and flexibility. This class hits all those areas but includes plenty of recovery time to allow you to rest and restore before practicing again. Namaste Figi.

jpolmar
June 1, 2020
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McAlpined - see also "Fiji-ed" verb (past tense) - the sensation of "what did I do to myself?!" followed quickly by the realisation "Oh yeah, a Fiji class" while experiencing (not bad, but surprising) muscle soreness several hours after talking a Fiji McAlpine yoga class.

I've been McAlpined by this class twice and I expect it will happen several more times. I really notice improvements in shoulder mobility and strength.

carasummit
July 15, 2019
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Wow! My shoulders feel so warm and wonderful right now...I'm sure I'll be a little sore in a good way tomorrow. Thank you for another fantastic class, Fiji. You are my favorite and I'm having a hard time branching out to any other teachers as I love the way you lead me through each practice with clarity, calm, and strength! I just keep learning more and more!

nadonado
March 17, 2019
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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.

duroc017
December 3, 2018
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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.

HarpYoga
November 21, 2018
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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!

karen77ca
March 23, 2018
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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.

Wargok29
September 30, 2017
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Great Calss! Just found this site and I am already loving it!!!
Thank you for all you do

cariarnot
August 20, 2017
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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.

Yoginicath
August 20, 2017
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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!

LucyHB
June 26, 2017
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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 :-)

deborahcb
June 17, 2017
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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.

Trudywalker5@gmail.com
June 16, 2017
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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 !!
Peace

Kaoya
June 16, 2017
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Oh, sweet! I have just begin working more seriously towards forearm balances... Perfect timing! :)
Thanks, Fiji!

Fiji McAlpine
August 7, 2017
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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!

solmirkin
June 15, 2017
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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

loriinman
June 15, 2017
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I wish I'd had this practice before I injured my rotator cuff! As I work toward recovery, this is exactly what I needed to focus my practice between physical therapy visits. It is simply wonderful. And I'm glad to see it's a series. Thanks Fiji!

Fiji McAlpine
August 7, 2017
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Lori this class is especially for people like you! It is my hope that others will be lucky enough to focus on this area before the torn rotator cuff, ouch! That stability and strength is what keeps our shoulders safe in addition to giving us the lift we need in some of our fun inversions.