The Best Arm Balances for Beginners

This is where the subhead goes where we talk about how you need to do your research and two other things 

Jason Crandell in Parsva Bakasana

This week we continue on with our series for beginners (and those teaching beginners): Our focus is the best arm balances for beginners.

Arm balances can build stability, balance, strength, mobility. They’re also aesthetically beautiful and novel — unless you’re a gymnast or a pro skateboarder, you won’t likely encounter shapes like these in your daily life. So, they’re fun! And fun is truly valuable in life and in yoga.

A little bit about what we mean by “best” — these are families of arm balances that are accessible and emphasize stability and strength. They are poses that can be broken down into steps so that you feel your confidence grow as you progress. As with anything in life, we want to offer ourselves or our students just enough challenge, but not too much. That’s what these families of poses do.

Arm Balance for Beginners Sequences

Essential Sequence: Parsva Bakasana (Side Crow)

Essential Sequence: Bakasana (Crow Pose)

Yoga Anatomy in Action: Stronger, Safer Side Plank

Build Your Vasisthasana (Side Plank Pose) — note: the last pose in this sequence is the advanced version of Vasisthasana.  For beginners, feel free to offer the version of Side Plank here as the last pose in the sequence.

Also: We’re closing early bird registration for Jason’s 200-Hour Online Teacher Training this Saturday! You can learn more and enroll at

Train with Jason online or in-person in 2024!

Jason Crandell in Crow pose

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