Finding Strength in Yoga Arm Balances

You might have noticed that I love yoga.

In fact, it is one of the few passions which I aspire to infuse into everyone because I truly believe that every human body can benefit enormously from yoga. You can certainly do additional great work on that body but infuse it with yoga. Yoga and yoga alone is the universal language of loving your body through the years. There is a magic about yoga which preserves your youth by preserving everything from the health of your spine to the capacity of your lungs, from the strength of your core to the stillness of your mind. Yoga is the timeless and flawless answer to pure health and vitality.

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3 Pillars to your yoga practice: Strength, Flexibility, and Balance.

Kundalini invigorator yoga video samples

Building blocks means you start from the ground up. It does not imply that you need to be strong or flexible or have perfect balance. If I had a penny for every time I heard, “But I cannot do yoga because I am not flexible.” That is the ideal reason to do yoga. You open up the body and find space you did not know existed between your muscles. You discover a sense of balance which initially blows you away. You watch flexibility unfold layer after layer and you get closer to the glorious core one practice at a time.

Yoga Asana Arm Balance Peacock Variation

Alas, we can at most inspire others to dab into the passions we ourselves find fulfilling.

With inspiration at the forefront and a new excitement about boundaries I am breaking with the yoga practice at my back, I created a quick video focusing on the theme of Arm Balances, where you balance the weight of your body on your arms, either your forearms or just your hands. Arm balances demand so much at first – strength of the arms and shoulders, followed by a seriously strong core (belly strength) and flexibility of hips for most of lower body positions – and get oh so much easier with time and practice.

Here’s to sending you the most inspiration, motivation and encouragement you can embrace from the yoga flow series.

So, any epic health goals this year for you darling readers out there? Share away in the comments below and inspire us all with your own journey and exploration to health in 2011.

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  • http://www.timelessinformation.com Armen Shirvanian

    Hi Farnoosh.

    Wow, you’re a beast. I tried doing some of the stuff you did in the video but it doesn’t come close. It is sort of hilarious because I can outrun almost all people for long distances, but am not well-suited to performing the material in your video. I thought about making my own video of me doing your moves. If I do it(30% chance), I will let you know. Might be entertaining.

    You’re like two people in one as far as activity, flexibility, strength, and so on.

    Some people say you shouldn’t give too many compliments so I will end with “this information and material was average/mediocre”.

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Armen, you never cease to amuse. Well, I’d like to see a “mediocre” video of you doing similar poses or entertaining us with whatever it is that you “DO” :)! Thanks so much for the kind praise and for being a super supporter. I have no doubt that with your strength and stamina from running and basketball, and with some flexibility from yoga, you can master any pose over time.

  • http://www.happyheartandmind.com Zengirl @ Heart and Mind

    Farnoosh,

    I am simply amazed at your flexibilities as a yogini. I used to do yoga and stretches before but I was never this flexible. I almost don’t get time to do this now but I am inspired to start again.

    I am simply amazed as how much you do, new ebook, yoga, readings, traveling and so much more. Take some rest too ! :-) Very proud of you, my friend.

    Preeti

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Preeti, I do do too much. It is my hubby’s favorite line and he uses it to make me smile or tell me to stop for the love of heavens and take a break! :)
      You are so sweet, so kind, and believe me, yoga makes all of us look more amazing than we really are. What is amazing is the fruits of practice at anything that we keep doing. And I am thrilled to have inspired you. After all, I thank all my Indian friends profusely for giving the world this gift of yoga. Thank you!

  • Rashmie @ Gorgeous Karma

    Farnoosh,
    I am blown away! I feel so proud to have you as a friend!
    Watching this video was a treat. When watching this, while I was awestruck at your strength and flexibility, I also got a peep into your mind and soul and sensed a sea of mental strength – will power, concentration and determination. The simple ambience and the soothing music really made viewing this a great experience. Needless to say – I am inspired! :)

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Rashmie, my dear, I have to repeat what I said to Preeti and thank you for bringing the world the gift of yoga. There are some things I am proud of from the Persian culture but of course, yoga is from India and someday, I will come to visit. I am so happy you enjoyed the video. Glad I finally got around to making it. You know, I have noticed my own facial expressions when I watch my yoga videos and I never realized how much I get into it mentally.
      And if you are inspired, my job is more than complete. Keep that body young and beautiful with regular yoga practice. Thanks for your beautiful words here.

  • http://www.ashmenon.com Ash Menon

    Farnoosh, I have to ask, at 0:40, when you jumped back, that sounded like it really hurt. What did you land on?

    Also really envying the results of your yoga by the way. That flexibility is insane.

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Ash, you are so cute. So glad you ask. I landed on my feet and my hardwood in this studio is particularly loud so yes, it sounded like thunder. I admit, I am learning to land softer but the mat is nice and cushony so it does not hurt at all. Do you do any yoga? And by the way, welcome here. Glad you enjoyed the video and hope it has inspired you to dab into yoga at some point (if you do not already do it). Thank you for your comment!

      • http://www.ashmenon.com Ash Menon

        I’ve attempted several fits and starts at it, but never managed to achieve anything resembling a routine for yoga :) But recently I’ve redone my room leaving a lot of space in the center, so who knows? 16th time might be the charm!

        • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

          Ash, you are funny, darling. Oh if I could count for you my fits and starts with yoga, my fights, my arguments, my ups and downs, you would laugh very hard…..I know you know the shifts in physical space open up so much room in our mind to think, to create, to do, etc. Feng Shui is not just for looks! So here’s hoping you may just return to your very own Ash-customized yoga….!

  • John Sherry

    You make it look like magic Farnoosh, but I guess that’s what it brings into our lives. I think it would put me in an awkward position so to speak but I never say never. I’ve not once seen an unhealthy looking yoga devotee to date so that MUST say something!

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      John, yoga is pure magic if we allow it to be. Will you try at least one session and tell me what you think? It is all awkward positions, even sitting is awkward if you think about it – we just do it too much. So we might as well do things that are good for our bodies. Those yogis stay healthy, I tell ya. Come back and report on your first yoga class to us at some point. Ok? Thanks for your comment.

  • http://www.reachourdreams.com Jen

    What a picture! So impressed Farnoosh! I love yoga too. Am building on my 15 mins a day practice this year to take it to the next level. You are right – it really is a practice to love your body throughout the ages.
    Jen

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Dearest Jen, I did this video with you in mind. I am so proud of your dedication to daily practice – Oh I have written several posts on that. And do look up Baron Baptiste and I meant to tell you – Dave Farmar has podcasts of Baron style free on iTunes but he kinda has to grow on you – you’ll see. But the practice is good. Good luck and thanks for that inspiration and so lovely to see you here, Jen!

      • John Sherry

        Okay, promise to try and not get myself in a twist and give yoga a go. You never know you may just have converted me! Love and light.

        • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

          Super, super!! Yes do be careful, seriously, about injuries! If you have a good yoga teacher and listen to your body, you will be fine! Thanks John!

  • http://www.positivelybeauty.com Cristina

    What a great video! I used to do yoga but haven’t been practising for a while and now I feel really stiff…mind you, I was never as flexible as you are!
    I had a fantastic yoga teacher, but then she moved and I haven’t found another good one yet…I might just get a DVD and practice on my own, at least I’d do something :)

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Cristina, never ever too late to pick it back up – … well until it’s too late ;)! The flexibility boundaries are really funny – you break them when you least expect them. Having a good yoga teacher is important and oh gosh I have no idea what on earth I will do without Vickie. I want to tell you to look up podcasts on iTunes, if you can easily follow the poses as they are called out, it makes for a much more quiet (no screen as in DVD) practice and I just get so much more out of it. Best of luck, I am proud of you for feeling inspired to start again.

      • http://www.positivelybeauty.com Cristina

        Thanks for the tip Farnoosh!

  • Sophia

    Hi Farnoosh!!! Amazing yoga :)

    I want to ask—how often do you practice at home? How long of a sequence do you do, and how do you design it?

    My problem is getting myself focused and ready to be on the mat…..I’m very likely to do a few sun salutations before deciding that I’m hungry, and yoga can wait…..

    hugs,
    Sophia

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Sophia, come to Vickie’s class and you’ll be doing all of these in no time.
      I should practice more but in the last year, I did two 100-min classes a week only when I wasn’t traveling and I traveled a ton and at home, I do Dave Farmar series although I used to do Yogadownload.com. All are available on iTunes. Also like Jai Prem yoga on iTunes. The most important thing for me is hip openers because of my tight hips. I try to do that daily because cycling makes for even tighter hips and muscles. Funny about your daily practice because I relate. :) Thanks so much for your comment here!

  • http://elevationlife.com/ Bryan Thompson

    Farnoosh, believe it or not I never did Yoga until last night. My wife and I began a routine at home – our elliptical trainer is broken and it’s been too cold to run (my favorite workout). So, we decided we needed to change things up a bit. We started a Yoga workout and I LOVE IT. Favorite new thing. And I am feeling it today. Funny you posted this today. Encourage me to stick with it, now! :)

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Funny. This is what they call serendipity, Bryan and how nice of you to do it with your wife. This is one thing I will never get my husband to do with me – I have made peace with it. Oh and I bet you found muscles you had not connected with for a while. The post-yoga soreness is very nice and the yoga journey is unmatched to any other. Thrilled for you and keep it up. Thanks for your comment!

      • http://elevationlife.com Bryan Thompson

        Muscles I have not connected with in a while? YES! Still feeling it 2 days later! I have discovered muscles I didn’t know existed on the human body. :)

        • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

          Fantastic Bryan, this means you were doing it right and now you just need to keep going to discover all the other dormant muscles and wake them up gently!

  • http://onelifethatshines.com Jackie

    Farnoosh, you are magic in motion. What a delight to watch you do yoga. I have done some yoga in the past. I now have no local studio, and have many video tapes and dvds to do it on my own, but can never seem to get myself to the mat. Do you have any advice for actually getting yourself to the mat and staying with it regularly? Every year (just about) I make a resolution to create a yoga practice for myself, and have yet to create a real practice of it. Any suggestions would be warmly welcomed. :) Thank you so much for sharing this video I really truly enjoyed it. :)

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Dear Jackie, you are so sweet, thank you for your comment and welcome to prolific living. Just sent you a tweet with the link on home practice. I have written about that here too but I admit, it is a challenge – however, once you get past the point of establishing it and then finding a routine around it, you may find yourself returning to it a lot. I used to do it in the sun room in the summers and it was nice to feel the warmth of morning sun and that was the thought to which I kept returning. The other thing is just do it; so mentally, tell yourself that you will be doing yoga. No resolution no keeping track no counting the minutes, just simply do it and see how it feel. Make it like brushing teeth or eating. Oh I do hope this helps you a little and I am so happy you enjoyed the video…!

  • http://SourcesOfInsight.com J.D. Meier

    I love the crazy moves you can pull off with skill. I think it’s a powerful and beautiful thing when practice pays off. It’s inspiring.

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Hi J.D., nothing crazy here. All standard moves! ;)
      Thank you so much for your thoughts. I am so glad you enjoyed it. Any yoga in your world?

  • http://www.abundancetapestry.com Evelyn Lim

    Oh wow! I am impressed. At different periods, I have tried both hatha and kundalini yoga – enjoyed my exercises but I have never been quite as flexible as you. Are you conducting yoga classes?

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Hello dear Evelyn, how nice to see you here. I love kundalini but have only tried it on DVDs by Ana Brett and Ravi Singh and they are phenomenal on DVD. Hatha is a good way to get started in yoga too. No I have never had any desire to teach. I just love to practice, deepen my own practice and inspire others. Thanks so much for your thoughts here, Evelyn and I hope you get back into yoga!

  • Dan Lew

    Nice post, I am totally addicted to yoga, been doing it every day for 6 months!

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Hi Dan, I love to hear of others addicted to such a good thing. Everyday is impressive and far more valuable than doing 2 hours once a week or some such schedule. Keep it up and welcome to prolific living, thanks for your comment!

  • http://pix2brix.com Alison Moore Smith

    Just stop it! You’re making us all look REALLY bad!

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Alison, you are funny – I will absolutely not stop until you are so ridiculously inspired that you give yoga a try. :) Is it working?

      • http://pix2brix.com Alison Moore Smith

        No! Ack. The plank is enough to make me run from yoga. HATE! Ballroom dance, walking, weight lifting — yes. I’ve been getting into kettle balls this month. But yoga and I have agreed to part ways amicably.

        You, however, are amazing.

        • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

          Alison, fair enough – but pain before pleasure has never been more true than in yoga and with that, I put my case to rest :)! It’s wonderful to see that you stay active and so long as you keep up with those stretches before and after walking and weight lifting, you will take good care of your muscles. Plus, who knows? Maybe one day you will change your mind about yoga…..and me about ballroom dance! (Argentine tango for me over here, ;))!

  • http://www.webuildyourblog.com Andrew @ Blogging Guide

    Amazing! Just amazing. You are so flexible! I have heard that yoga helps in flushing out toxins in the body. However, I think it is already too late for me to start yoga? Is it too late?

    Anyway, I also want to congratulate you for making it in Problogger’s list! Happy 2011!

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Hey Andrew, how nice and what a pleasant surprise to see you here. Thank you. Yoga helps with all of that, yes, and a million other things. And a big loud NO. It is NOT too late. I know people who start in their 60s or 70s and I know of a yoga teacher who is well into her 90s and still teaching. But do start. Your body will love you for it (after the initial “adjustment” period!).
      Thanks so much for the good wishes. I was terribly surprised to make that list. Happy 2011 back at you!

  • http://wombatphilosopher.blogspot.com/ Andrew Hill

    Your Yoga arm balance movements are beautiful to see, Farnoosh, I recognised those moves straight away as they were incorporated into the Body Balance class I was trying out just a few hours ago. I found it very helpful to see you do those moves in such a smooth, graceful sequence and am sure I will be able to do them a little more smoothly next time. Thank you for the inspiration!

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Hi Andrew, what a nice coincidence. Thanks so much. I am so happy you enjoyed this and thrilled that you are now more confident about repeating if not enhancing the arm balances yourself. You are most welcome and keep doing your yoga!

  • Anne Sales

    I’ve heard so much about the benefits of yoga and I read that it’s one of the best form of exercise for people with blood type A like me. I will be trying it out soon and I’ll let you know when I finally do.

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Hi Anne, the benefits of yoga are beyond incredible – and if you are receptive to them, they will give you even more. I am a type A also and I think you are in for a great surprise. All the best. Thanks for your comment!

  • Rebekah

    Oh, yay — new material! Number 731 out of the 1,000 marvelous things about yoga is watching old and new videos and continuing to pick up points here and there. There is *still* something magic about watching someone you know and care about setting an example. — Just made a small jump up in home practice by anchoring a couple of balances, standing poses, and lots of stretches to the tiny set of exercises I do daily. It’s easy as breathing and feels like something you do *for* yourself, a treat, a luxury, like a cat stretching. — Maybe some day like a cat balancing beautifully on its forepaws :) but that’s #421, feeling joy in quiet progress that removes frustration about not being further along. Thanks for another great video!

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Rebekah, I believe you will come up with an anthology about yoga and its marvelous benefits one day. I am so happy to hear about your advances in your practice, and subtle that they may be, you notice them and soon, you will see they are not so subtle. Keep up all the wonderful ways that you are embracing yoga. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and glad you enjoyed this quick video as always.

  • http://www.jungleoflife.com/ Lance

    Farnoosh,
    My gosh, watching the start of this video – I swear you were the instructor at our yoga class on Monday!! And having done several of these poses you shared, I give you so much credit for the discipline you have. It just shines through! And, again, having done many of these poses, I am in awe of how effortlessly you seem to do them.

    The more I do yoga, the more I really feel that deep connection both to the physical me and the spiritual/mental me. …the beauty of all of this…

    And. And I LOVE your videos!!!

    Okay, perhaps I should go and work on that headstand about now!!
    Lance

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Lance, I am so glad you enjoyed the video. Gosh the last thing I think myself of is an instructor in yoga. I should put a disclaimer on my video: do not try this at home (even though I did)! But I do aspire to inspire and to awaken others into the love of yoga. It seems that part worked well :)!
      Be careful with your headstand and do it when your body is ready and warmed up. Thrilled that you are seeing yoga for what it is and enjoying it.

  • http://www.theresemiu.com Therese Miu

    Hi Farnoosh,
    I apologize I’m late for the party but when I received your email yesterday and found out you’ll have a video attach to it. I had to come and say HELLO to you ;)
    The yoga pose is amazing and I will practice and follow your routine as soon as I’m finished with 3rd trimester. I do believe everything you wrote here. I have been avid yoga student for a very long time (almost 10 years). I even taught it twice for free to mentally ill patients so that they can learn and attain balance as well as Strengthen their body overall. It was a basic yoga and it was FREE. I never got compensated for it. I did learn to fall in love with yoga & have the tenacity to keep going for it everyday for the benefit of my own health.
    Thank you so much for the video darling ;)

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Dear Therese, I hope you are feeling well these days. I am very excited for what’s to come for you. Do not ever apologize because there is no concept of late to blogs, at least not to mine.
      I had no idea you were such a devout yoga practitioner. And how kind and generous of you to offer the class for free. You almost sound like my teacher who refuses to take payment from us and hardly ever keeps track of who paid/who didn’t. I bet you were “compensated” in rewards with how much you helped those patients. While I am not a fan of giving away your skills for free, I have learned so much about the amazing power of sharing our gifts with others that the rewards tremendously outweigh the trouble How lucky the patients to have shared your light! Thanks for sharing this here and glad you dig the video!

      • Therese Miu

        Yeah it was pretty exciting because I was just beginning my journey and my husband whose a social worker for mentally ill patients asked me if I would make time to do basic poses. I did the ‘morning salutation’ and that was it. I never forgot how happy they were. I continued teaching until now but this time to my 4 year old son and 2-3 yr old nephews. They are enjoying it as well. It’s been a BLAST! Thanks honey I’m just doing prenatal now everyday. and lots of *breathing*
        Lots of LOVE to you

        • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

          Therese, what a great story. I’d teach for free to many, many audiences if I were qualified….mainly to older people who think yoga is just for the young and bendy ones among us and also to corporations for just infusing some breath into that serious and tight environment. I am so so happy you are *breathing* and staying healthy – what an exciting event awaits you. Take good care of you and all the very very best.

  • http://www.GreaterGoodLife.com Michelle Rogerson

    Awesome video and flow, Farnoosh. I love yoga too. I’m not so good at these arm balances. Will work on them! I agree yoga is for everyone and so rewarding. Nothing is better to quiet the mind.

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Hi Michelle, so happy you liked it. It was spontaneous and between us, I was sure I have to re-do it but then I decided that it was natural and my readers would enjoy it…I am so excited for you to do arm balances. When you get up there once and feel light (not heavy) you will be hooked. Be sure to think of everything coming from your core, your belly and don’t forget to keep breathing!

  • http://10stepstofindingyourhappyplace.blogspot.com/ Galen Pearl

    Watching your video was like a meditation. I feel like I got benefit just from watching. Imagine what would happen if I actually practiced!

    I enjoy taekwondo the way you enjoy yoga. It is a spiritual practice for me. I like the inner and outer discipline and focus. We do a lot of stretching as part of our practice, so I do some of the moves I see in the video. I just turned 59, so age is no barrier to a physical practice. We adapt to our ability level and lovingly lead our bodies to the next step.

    Thank you for sharing the video. I have always enjoyed the photos of you in various poses. The movement of the video is an added bonus.

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Galen, I remember well that you do taekwondo and how impressed The Vizier was after hearing that, remember that post? I am so so happy that this video had the calming effect on you. If taekwondo brings you peace and strength and is your spiritual practice, gosh, just stick with it. I have always – always – wanted to try martial arts and someday, I do hope to study them. Age is no barrier, I am so proud to know someone strong and courageous like you to set an example for us. You are sweet and kind, thanks for all your words of encouragement.

  • Vic

    Wow, that’s what we called great balance. For me the secret to good health is having the harmony among our mind, heart, body and soul. If our body is composed of tissues, cells or atoms… our life is composed of spiritual things, attitudes and values.

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Hi Vic, welcome to prolific living. That is a brilliant way to look at your health: holistically. I wish I had always thought of it that way. Exercise for me for the longest time was just for the body. The mind was excluded even during the early days of my yoga journey but I like to think I have the same perspective on it all as you do right now. Thanks for dropping in and come back anytime!

  • http://www.worldcurioustraveler.wordpress.com Mary R

    Dear Farnoosh,
    I have to admit your motivation for yoga is one of the reasons I’m pursuing a yoga instructor certification course this year! I can almost do a head stand!

    I really enjoyed your video, and the music is really great! Is that Persian music?

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Well if this isn’t the most rewarding and rich compliment I have received for writing, I don’t know what is. Mary, I am thrilled for you and getting certified for yoga – whether I ever teach or just deepen my practice – is a long-brewing dream for me too. So so excited for you, thanks for telling us this.
      The music: Not Persian. Mix of Indian and other meditation music.
      Katyia’s Dance by Suzanne Teng – Mystic Journey
      Sundara – Jewl of Hari – Jaya Lakshmi.

  • Jasmine

    Yoga is amazing. It has done things with my body I never thought possible with 2 small children! I am able to keep up with them and not get winded! My little brother is 13 and always challenging me to a race. I graciously accept and away we go! Half way through he gives up ; D I almost lost my left leg in a terrible car accident about 7 years ago. Yoga was a great way to get my flexibility, muscle strength and balance back. Mostly balance though! It is great to be able to singly stand on the leg I almost had amputated, for a substantial amount of time. Yoga has saved me!

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Hi dear Jasmine, thank you for sharing your yoga journey. Amazing is an under-statement when it comes to yoga. I am so glad you are able to do all that you are even as a mother of two. I have seen 70- and 80- year olds looking more fit and stronger than ME! Sometimes, I have noticed some men also under-estimate the strength it requires to do yoga and yes, they give up easily at times. It’s very humbling for everyone. Keep at it. Yay to yoga for bringing so much to your life, thank you for sharing with us.

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  • http://www.kaizenvision.com Aileen

    How wonderful that you share your love of yoga and inspire others to have it in their lives too :)

    I’m so happy you introduced me to Yoga Downloads – that’s been such a fantastic way to enjoy yoga at home – I have a long way to go to achieve upper body (arm) strength – but it’s a wonderful journey.

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Aileen, I didn’t know you are doing the Yoga Downloads. They are wonderful. I feel like doing one right now after you mentioned it. Upper body strength comes over time but do not give up. We need to be strong in our upper body for many good reasons and yoga will give you that without all the bulkiness that comes from lifting weights – no offense to weight-lifters of course, I am sure there are ways around it so as to minimize the bulkiness but with yoga using your own weight as body, it is just more natural to build strength. Thanks Aileen.

  • http://lilzbear.wordpress.com Sadia

    Wow! I am amazed at what you are able to do! I started doing yoga about a year ago, and I have done it intermittently since. What had me hooked was what the instructor said in our first class: She said that yoga is about doing what feels good to your body, what is a limit for you, so don’t look at what anyone else in the class is doing, just go in your own pace. In such a competetive world we live in, it was a profound change.

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Hello dear Sadia, it is all in the practice, my dear – yoga looks amazing to the outside world but your body can do all of this with enough practice, it just has to open and get stronger and soon, it will feel second nature, I promise! :) Keep up your wonderful practice and don’t go a second faster than your own pace, listen to your own rhythm, challenge yourself but don’t push too hard and enjoy the process….thanks so much for sharing your teacher’s message and your yoga journey. I am excited for you.

  • Clau

    I loved this video…it made me want to get up from my seat and start doing some stretching or just MOVING… ;)
    It is the first time i visit your site…i must say, your writing works like a magnet. I will continue reading and thanks so much for sharing all that you do.

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Clau, have you any idea how happy that makes me feel? To have that effect on people, it’s great. Did you do it? Did you get moving? Welcome to prolific living and I am reading your lovely comments. So happy it is useful! Thank you for taking time to share your thoughts.

  • http://www.petermichaud.com Pete Michaud

    Nice work Farnoosh 8)

    This year I’m going to get back in my old condition, and try to outdo my 18 year self. I’m going to put on 20 pounds of lean mass.

    I’ve been neglecting my exercise too long, and that will change!

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Pete, if you tell me you are still 18, I’ll have to stop talking to you ;)!
      Oh to be so young, you can still become anything – although I say that about me too. So 20 pounds of lean mass, huh? I have never heard that as a goal and I hang around health addicts a lot. Go for it. And never, ever put anything above your own health. Everything we do is made possible because we are healthy. Take care of yourself and welcome to prolific living, thank you for taking the time to comment here, dear Pete.

  • James M

    I’m terribly behind in my reading after working on a site redesign the past few weeks, but when I was scrolling through the stories in Google Reader and saw the picture of you doing the yoga pose, I had to stop. Incredible! I could only dream of doing movements like this because my size is a bit too big at the moment. I am working on becoming stronger and healthier, so maybe in a few years, but by then I’ll be an old man.

    Incredible poses here. Keep it up!

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      James, you will *not* be an old man until you think it and manifest that thought in your head. That photo on your Gravatar shows you to be younger than me even. So dream on and create epic poses in your head and aim for them. You are welcome to come back and visit here, no matter how behind you get in your writing and I am so glad my yoga pose stopped you in your tracks. First we dream, then we do. I can’t wait to hear about your progress and “stronger and healthier” is a sweet secret to happiness. Keep at it and thanks for your thoughts.

  • http://www.yogabaron.com Yoga Baron

    I love learning and doing arm balances. They are generally advanced poses, but so much fun when you pull a new off for even a second. It’s amazing how at first they seem so difficult, and then once you get it, you can move into an arm balance effortlessly. At first they seem like that require all your strength and effort, and then one day you go into crow or some other arm balance and it seems so easy. Great stuff!

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Arm balances are so fun and empowering, yes, I love’em too. Hmmm. I don’t think of them advanced if the body is strong and if you have awareness of your core and your balance. It all depends where you are, not how necessarily long you have been doing yoga. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and hope to hear more soon, Yoga Baron!

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