Briohny Smyth's "The Sequence: Arm Balance Classes" Online Video Workouts on Cody

The Sequence: Arm Balance Classes

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Briohny is best known for her love of inversions and arm balances. She shared her passion with over 8 million viewers in her Equinox videos "The Contortionist" and "The Balancing Act," which sparked significant conversation in and around the yoga ...

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This plan is inspired by the arm balances performed in the viral video “The Contortionist” from Q by Equinox. Over the course of one month I will show you how to build strength, gain confidence and develop foundational arm balancing skills!

If you aren't familiar with the video, you can view it here: http://q.equinox.com/articles/2012/01/yoga-arm-balances

The series opens with a lesson on polishing and refining basic poses like Chaturanga and Crow. Next we progress and focus our efforts on learning the essential elements of more challenging postures including Eka Pada II, Lotus, and Kukkutasana.

Each class starts with a warm up to get your body prepped, then I will guide you through each arm balance so you can develop the muscle memory and strength to eventually move on to the full variations. Learning these movements takes time, patience, and determination so I have structured this series in a class-like format that repeats over the course of a month, which is the best way to absorb the material and apply it to your practice.

This series is open to all levels, but foundational knowledge of Yoga is encouraged as well as strong, healthy wrists.

Workouts

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    This is a full-length preview of Briohny's Eka Pada II Transitions class.
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    How To Approach This Plan

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    I'm so happy you are joining me! Let's quickly review the layout of this series.
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    Day 1: Chaturanga Foundations Class

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    Welcome! In this class we will work on refining our Chaturanga and Crow poses. These two poses may seem simple, but doing them properly is essential
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    Day 2: Crow Transitions

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    In this practice we will take elements of Crow pose and turn them into transitions like Tripod Headstand and maybe even a handstand!
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    Day 3: Eka Pada II Transitions

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    In this class we’re going to learn the foundational elements for Eka Pada II.
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    Day 4: Lotus to Kukkutasana

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    Today we will work through the elements of Kukkutasana, beginning with Lotus, working up to our arms, and then one day moving into the full transition!
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    Day 5: Ganda Bherundasana Class

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    Although Chin Stand is a slightly uncomfortable pose, it is also beautiful and will teach you some things about Scorpion.
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    Day 6: Rest Day

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    Today is a rest day!
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    Day 7: Rest Day

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    Today is a rest day!
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    Day 8: Chaturanga Foundations

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    Today we revisit Chaturanga and Crow. How has correcting these fundamental poses impacted other movements in your practice?
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    Day 9: Crow Transitions

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    Remember that it’s about practice, not perfection. Arm Balances, Headstands and Handstands take time to develop, so please don’t give up after your first try.
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    Day 10: Eka Pada II Transitions

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    Be sure you are solid in your foundational movements before you progress to transitions. Strong base skills are required to truly succeed as you advance your practice into ...
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    Day 11: Lotus to Kukkutasana

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    Try to remain present: growth comes during the journey, not by anticipating the destination.
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    Day 12: Ganda Bherundasana Class

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    After two full weeks of practice, how does it feel to open your hip flexors and chest? Have you started to see a difference in other poses or backbends?
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    Day 13: Rest Day

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    Today is a rest day!
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    Day 14: Rest Day

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    Today is a rest day!
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    Day 15:Chaturanga Foundations Class

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    We’re half way through the series! Great work so far!
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    Day 16: Crow Transitions

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    How has your core strength improved over the past two weeks? Are you better able to engage and bring it into your transitions practice?
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    Day 17: Eka Pada II Transitions

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    Celebrate the small victories as they ultimately transform into big improvements!
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    Day 18: Lotus to Kukkutasana

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    Half way through week 3! Great work, Yogi! I encourage you to use the first few minutes of today’s class as an active meditation to get you both mentally and physically pre...
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    Day 19: Ganda Bherundasana Class

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    Remember that every body is different and you are exactly where you need to be at this moment in your practice. Embrace the process of learning and know that all is coming.
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    Day 20: Rest Day

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    Today is a rest day!
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    Day 21: Rest

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    Today is a rest day!
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    Day 22:Chaturanga Foundations Class

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    This is our last time repeating this Foundations class! What improvements have you made since Day 1?
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    Day 23: Crow Transitions

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    We’re approaching the final stretch, so do you best to stay focused and maintain your resolve. You can do it!
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    Day 24: Eka Pada II Transitions

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    Half way through our final week! You are doing a wonderful job, Yogi! Keep it up!
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    Day 25: Lotus to Kukkutasana

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    Only two classes left! What have you learned about yourself and your practice in the past 25 days?
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    Day 26: Ganda Bherundasana Class

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    Congratulations, Yogi! You’ve completed this series! I am so, so proud of you and all you’ve accomplished during our time together.

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