Supported Forearm Balance Pose (Pincha Mayurasana) Variation with a Block

Forearm Balance pose – or Feathered Peacock Pose as it’s also sometimes called – strengthens the core, shoulders, and arms, while stretching the neck, shoulders, chest, and abdomen. It can help to relieve stress and anxiety, and improves circulation in the upper body. This posture requires a lot of shoulder and arm strength.

Using the block helps to keep the shoulders aligned, avoided collapse which cause misalignment. Placing pressure against the block keeps the elbows moving in toward the body and the shoulders engaged and lifted.

Supported Forearm Balance Variation with a Block: How to Do it Step-by-Step

Step 1

Place the block lengthwise between the hands, wrapping the thumb and fingers around to create an L-shape with the hands, and move into Dolphin pose.

Step 2

From Dolphin, walk your feet as far in as possible and then lift or kick the legs up. Try this against the wall as a transition posture. Once your legs are up, keep them strong and active, reaching through the heels. Keep the core strong and stay connected to the block in each step.

Step 3

Stay in this pose for 3-5 breaths, then lower the legs with control to come out.