Prepare for Arm Balances

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Instructor Rachel Scott
Average: 4.9 (9 votes)
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This class is perfect for beginners who are looking for more challenge and intermediates who are happy with a more foundational class. Rachel gives you everything you need to know when attempting an arm balance, including teaching you technique and preparation. Her clear instruction, precise alignment and enthusiasm will help you move into poses that you may find challenging.

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


My wrists!!
duroc017 2 weeks ago

I enjoyed this class! I wasn't sure if I was going to, but it ended up being very satisfying. I found it really helpful that Rachel emphasized putting more weight into the fingers and knuckles, because I think I usually just rest most of the weight onto the heels of my hands, so my crow felt much more stable which was cool! And I'm so proud of myself that I can do eka pada koundinyasana ii, although it's not a perfect one. But man, my wrists are pooped after this like never before.

SO great!
emhenry 1 month ago

Whooosh! This was a welcome return to some strength building after a Winter of Yin heavy practices! I love playing with arm balances and thanks to Rachel's and Fiji's strength classes over the years, I have come to enjoy quite a few; this was a great reminder of good alignment... and also wakening up some underused muscles! Thank you! xx

very helpful
Dusty Cobwebs 1 month ago

After reading the previous comment regarding difficulty, I thought I ought to watch through first. When Rachel got to demonstrating crow pose with toes on a block I decided to give that a go and I DID IT!!!!!!! Thank you, thank you thank you! Awesome class Rachel, even if the whole class is still a bit beyond my abilities, you helped me achieve something new.

Great class but very challenging
fifiers 2 months ago

I loved this class - but I've been doing DYWM for years and this, to me, should be classified as "Advanced" due to the pace as well as the challenging arm balances throughout. Rachel is one of my faves . Her cues are so good and I always learn something new from her. I will have few sore muscles tomorrow though!

great class that finally got me to balance in the final pose
Dmurban 2 months ago

I really love Rachel's intermediate yoga classes. Through her classes, I feel like I've been able to develop increased strength, especially in my core, develop increased flexibility, and tackle some poses I never was sure I'd be able to do (Power to Paradise and Heavenly Hips are my other Rachel favorites). Anyway, I've been fumbling my way around the final pose Rachel does in this class for many months now, but this time, thanks to her excellent alignment cues, I was finally able to get both my feet off the ground (!). She's such a great and encouraging teacher.

Please develop more intermediate and particularly intermediate-advanced classes from Rachel!

Rachel's classes
Rwasser 1 month ago

I love Rachel's classes too... her alignment and strengthening cues are always spot on and because of this, any classification (beginner, intermediate, advanced) can be a pleasant body and mind opening experience.
Thank you for listing your other Rachel favorites.... I need to start a list of faves to return to.
Thank you, Rachel, David Procyshyn and everyone at DYWM. I absolutely love what you guys are doing.

I really like Rachel's energy
WaywardAlchemist 2 months ago

I really like Rachel's energy and instruction. However, I also agree this is an intermediate class! A challenging one at that. Many of the poses I couldn't complete to their full expression. Still learned a lot and enjoyed.

Intermediate, not beginner!
yogiAndermoser 2 months ago

Love all of Rachel's classes and agree with all the other comments. This is definitely NOT a beginner class. I do mostly intermediate classes on DYWM and this one is on par with them - and more challenging than some! Focus on technique does not a beginner class make.

More challenging than expected!
karen77ca 2 months ago

There's not a Rachel class I don't love ! Another great class but certainly not beginner.

Class Difficulty Level
Kelly Bouchard 2 months ago


This is Kelly from DoYogaWithMe. You certainly don't seem to be alone in thinking this should be we changed it!

Thanks a lot for the feedback!