Summer of Yoga: Top Community Teachers Share Their Favorite Summer Yoga Poses

With the official start to summer and Yoga Journal LIVE! San Diego right around the corner, we caught up with some of our favorite presenters from the conference to find out about their go-to summer yoga poses.

From inversions to arm balances and more, there is something for everyone on this list and Yoga Journal LIVE! San Diego, July 10 - 14, is the perfect place for you to practice all of these poses and more. Click here to find out more about the conference and be sure to use promo code YN14 to save $50 on your main weekend or full event pass.


Kathryn Budig Favorite Summer Yoga Pose: Bikini-asana? I love backbends in the sand at the beach. Half Camel is empowering, heart opening and a great way to soak up the sun. It represents freedom in my body. Summer has always been a freeing season, full of beach time, warm nights, late nights and good times with friends. Instructions, Modifications, or Ways to Enhance the Pose: Start with one shinbone down and the front leg in lunge with the knee stacked over the heel. Front leg and back are hip width apart. Interlace your fingers behind your back and gently squeeze them towards straight. Let this simple action open up your heart space. If you want more, travel down the back of your leg keeping your hips stacked over your rear knee. If it’s still feeling good, travel towards your heel and grab it. Remember simply lifting your chest and rolling your shoulders back will do the trick! Kathryn Budig is a yoga teacher, author, Women's Health and Yoga Journal contributor, Under Armour athlete, foodie, adventurer, Poses for Paws founder, creator of Aim True + lover of my dogs. www.kathrynbudig.com

Kathryn Budig

Favorite Summer Yoga Pose: Bikini-asana? I love backbends in the sand at the beach. Half Camel is empowering, heart opening and a great way to soak up the sun. It represents freedom in my body. Summer has always been a freeing season, full of beach time, warm nights, late nights and good times with friends.

Instructions, Modifications, or Ways to Enhance the Pose:

Start with one shinbone down and the front leg in lunge with the knee stacked over the heel. Front leg and back are hip width apart.

Interlace your fingers behind your back and gently squeeze them towards straight. Let this simple action open up your heart space.

If you want more, travel down the back of your leg keeping your hips stacked over your rear knee. If it’s still feeling good, travel towards your heel and grab it.

Remember simply lifting your chest and rolling your shoulders back will do the trick!

Kathryn Budig is a yoga teacher, author, Women's Health and Yoga Journal contributor, Under Armour athlete, foodie, adventurer, Poses for Paws founder, creator of Aim True + lover of my dogs. www.kathrynbudig.com    

Rina Jakubowicz Favorite Summer Yoga Pose:  My favorite summer yoga pose would have to be Suryasana. I chose this pose because it's a completely made up pose. When I think of the summer I think of the sun and fun and since the word for sun in Sanskrit is Surya then what better way to express Fun in the Sun than to be creative and make something up entirely. You can make one up too! Instructions, Modifications, or Ways to Enhance the Pose:   Begin standing with your legs wider than your hips. Your feet should be turned out 45 degrees. Extend your arms out towards the sky also at 45 degrees creating a "V" with your arms and legs. Take an inhale and ask you exhale extend your fingertips super wide like jazz hands and lift the balls of your feet balancing on your heels. Your toes should be pointed upward and spread out as far as you can as well... for jazz feet. Then make your face smile like a Happy Sun Face! And just be radiant! Rina Jakubowicz, founder of Rina Yoga, is a yoga teacher, Reiki practitioner, motivational speaker, yoga TV show host and author. She has been a teacher of teachers since 2002, presents at yoga conferences nationwide, and is a new faculty member of the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. She has three Rina Yoga studios in the Miami area, including a partnership with the JW Marriott Marquis Miami. www.rinajaku.com

Rina Jakubowicz

Favorite Summer Yoga Pose: My favorite summer yoga pose would have to be Suryasana. I chose this pose because it's a completely made up pose. When I think of the summer I think of the sun and fun and since the word for sun in Sanskrit is Surya then what better way to express Fun in the Sun than to be creative and make something up entirely. You can make one up too!

Instructions, Modifications, or Ways to Enhance the Pose:

Begin standing with your legs wider than your hips. Your feet should be turned out 45 degrees. Extend your arms out towards the sky also at 45 degrees creating a "V" with your arms and legs.

Take an inhale and ask you exhale extend your fingertips super wide like jazz hands and lift the balls of your feet balancing on your heels. Your toes should be pointed upward and spread out as far as you can as well... for jazz feet.

Then make your face smile like a Happy Sun Face! And just be radiant!

Rina Jakubowicz, founder of Rina Yoga, is a yoga teacher, Reiki practitioner, motivational speaker, yoga TV show host and author. She has been a teacher of teachers since 2002, presents at yoga conferences nationwide, and is a new faculty member of the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. She has three Rina Yoga studios in the Miami area, including a partnership with the JW Marriott Marquis Miami. www.rinajaku.com    

Jason Crandell Favorite Summer Yoga Pose: Firefly Variation. This Firefly variation is a posture for all seasons. Yet, the heat and intensity of summer makes this posture feel even more appropriate. This posture works as a stand alone pose and as a transition into other arm balances like Astavakrasana (Eight Angle Pose) and Eka Pada Koundinyasana. Instructions, Modifications, or Ways to Enhance the Pose:   From a cross-legged seated position, place your right leg over your left upper arm. Lean slightly forward and place both your hands on the floor half way between your hips and knees. Lean forward, root your hands and lift your bottom off the floor. Straighten your top leg. Lift your bottom leg (left leg) as high as you can. Hold your breath, grit your teeth, and judge yourself. If that doesn’t work, stop doing those things now and forever. Jason Crandell, is a natural teacher and author with more than 15 years of experience. His accessible, grounded classes integrate the best elements of power yoga, anatomical precision and mindfulness teachings. Named “one of the teachers shaping the future of yoga,” by Yoga Journal, Jason has been one of the most in-demand teachers at conferences around the world for over a decade. Considered a “teachers-teacher,” Jason has taught on countless teacher-training faculties, leads trainings globally, and regularly presents teacher-training content at esteemed conferences. He also provides online training on Yogaglo.com. Learn more at www.jasonyoga.com

Jason Crandell

Favorite Summer Yoga Pose: Firefly Variation. This Firefly variation is a posture for all seasons. Yet, the heat and intensity of summer makes this posture feel even more appropriate. This posture works as a stand alone pose and as a transition into other arm balances like Astavakrasana (Eight Angle Pose) and Eka Pada Koundinyasana.

Instructions, Modifications, or Ways to Enhance the Pose:

From a cross-legged seated position, place your right leg over your left upper arm.

Lean slightly forward and place both your hands on the floor half way between your hips and knees.

Lean forward, root your hands and lift your bottom off the floor. Straighten your top leg.

Lift your bottom leg (left leg) as high as you can. Hold your breath, grit your teeth, and judge yourself. If that doesn’t work, stop doing those things now and forever.

Jason Crandell, is a natural teacher and author with more than 15 years of experience. His accessible, grounded classes integrate the best elements of power yoga, anatomical precision and mindfulness teachings. Named “one of the teachers shaping the future of yoga,” by Yoga Journal, Jason has been one of the most in-demand teachers at conferences around the world for over a decade.

Considered a “teachers-teacher,” Jason has taught on countless teacher-training faculties, leads trainings globally, and regularly presents teacher-training content at esteemed conferences. He also provides online training on Yogaglo.com. Learn more at www.jasonyoga.com    

Desiree Rumbaugh Favorite Summer Yoga Pose: Parivrtta Ardha Chandra Chapasana (Revolved Sugarcane Pose) Instructions, Modifications, or Ways to Enhance the Pose:  If your hamstrings are tight, it's okay to bend your standing leg. If you have tight shoulders, it may be best for you not try to hold your foot at first. Keep your muscles active and strong as you bend your back leg. Then use your upper body strength to create a back bend and a twist.  If you stay strong as you work for your flexibility, it will eventually come, without injury. From Trikonasana (Triangle Pose), soften the right knee and bring the right hand to your hip. Place the left hand flat on the floor about a foot in front of the right foot. Begin to straighten the right leg while simultaneously kicking up the left leg parallel to the floor. Twist the torso towards the right, bringing the right arm up toward the ceiling and the gaze up to the right fingertips. Keep both hips squared towards the floor. Beginners: Take a block underneath the left hand. Do the pose near a wall and bring the left foot to the wall when you kick up the left leg. Desiree Rumbaugh is an internationally recognized yoga teacher with unquenchable enthusiasm for life, love and healing. She blends playful humor with an authentic inquiry into the nature of being to help her students discover their own power, courage and beauty. Her passion for teaching both the art and the science of yoga is fueled in part by her own experience recovering from deep grief as a bereaved parent. For Desiree, yoga has been a life-saver emotionally as well as physically. With longtime studies in Iyengar and Anusara yoga, she brings 25 years of experience, experimentation and creativity to her ever-evolving, outside-of-the-box style of teaching. Desiree travels the world full time sharing her compassion and her joy with others interested in the transformational power of yoga. She has produced a DVD series entitled Yoga to the Rescue and is a regular contributor to Yoga Journal, having also appeared on its cover. Desiree supports the Art of Yoga Project serving teenage girls in the juvenile justice system.

Desiree Rumbaugh

Favorite Summer Yoga Pose: Parivrtta Ardha Chandra Chapasana (Revolved Sugarcane Pose)

Instructions, Modifications, or Ways to Enhance the Pose:

If your hamstrings are tight, it's okay to bend your standing leg. If you have tight shoulders, it may be best for you not try to hold your foot at first. Keep your muscles active and strong as you bend your back leg. Then use your upper body strength to create a back bend and a twist. If you stay strong as you work for your flexibility, it will eventually come, without injury.

From Trikonasana (Triangle Pose), soften the right knee and bring the right hand to your hip.

Place the left hand flat on the floor about a foot in front of the right foot.

Begin to straighten the right leg while simultaneously kicking up the left leg parallel to the floor.

Twist the torso towards the right, bringing the right arm up toward the ceiling and the gaze up to the right fingertips.

Keep both hips squared towards the floor.

Beginners: Take a block underneath the left hand. Do the pose near a wall and bring the left foot to the wall when you kick up the left leg.

Desiree Rumbaugh is an internationally recognized yoga teacher with unquenchable enthusiasm for life, love and healing. She blends playful humor with an authentic inquiry into the nature of being to help her students discover their own power, courage and beauty. Her passion for teaching both the art and the science of yoga is fueled in part by her own experience recovering from deep grief as a bereaved parent.

For Desiree, yoga has been a life-saver emotionally as well as physically. With longtime studies in Iyengar and Anusara yoga, she brings 25 years of experience, experimentation and creativity to her ever-evolving, outside-of-the-box style of teaching.
Desiree travels the world full time sharing her compassion and her joy with others interested in the transformational power of yoga.

She has produced a DVD series entitled Yoga to the Rescue and is a regular contributor to Yoga Journal, having also appeared on its cover. Desiree supports the Art of Yoga Project serving teenage girls in the juvenile justice system.    

Gillian Gibree Favorite Summer Yoga Pose: Salamba Sirsasana (Supported Headstand) w/ a fun leg variation. It's the perfect summer pose on your paddleboard! You get to see the nature upside down, and if you fall down you only hit the water - a great way to cool off from the summer heat. The leg variation ads creativity to your inversion while floating on the water. Instructions, Modifications, or Ways to Enhance the Pose: Start on your hands and knees with the wrists underneath the shoulders and the knees underneath the hips. Bring your elbows to the floor forearm's distance apart and interlace your fingers, tucking the outermost pinky underneath. Place the crown of your head on the floor cupped by your interlaced fingers and bring the hips up as if coming into Downward Facing Dog. Walking the feet in towards your head until your hips are over your shoulders, kick up one leg and then the other while pressing down strongly into your forearms to keep all your weight from coming into your neck and head. Reach up through the balls of your feet and rotate the thigh bones inward slightly—this is where you can implement your leg variations like the one pictured above. Gillian Gibree developed a love for water sports and nature through ocean swimming, beach running, surfing, yoga, lifeguard competitions, and stand-up paddleboarding. She relocated to San Diego to share her passion for stand-up paddleboarding and through her company Paddle Into Fitness, which offers SUP Yoga Certifications with Yoga Alliance CE credits. Gillian is also a professional ocean athlete, and competes in different SUP events around the world. Learn more at paddleintofitness.com.

Gillian Gibree

Favorite Summer Yoga Pose: Salamba Sirsasana (Supported Headstand) w/ a fun leg variation. It's the perfect summer pose on your paddleboard! You get to see the nature upside down, and if you fall down you only hit the water - a great way to cool off from the summer heat. The leg variation ads creativity to your inversion while floating on the water.

Instructions, Modifications, or Ways to Enhance the Pose:

Start on your hands and knees with the wrists underneath the shoulders and the knees underneath the hips.

Bring your elbows to the floor forearm's distance apart and interlace your fingers, tucking the outermost pinky underneath.

Place the crown of your head on the floor cupped by your interlaced fingers and bring the hips up as if coming into Downward Facing Dog.

Walking the feet in towards your head until your hips are over your shoulders, kick up one leg and then the other while pressing down strongly into your forearms to keep all your weight from coming into your neck and head.

Reach up through the balls of your feet and rotate the thigh bones inward slightly—this is where you can implement your leg variations like the one pictured above.

Gillian Gibree developed a love for water sports and nature through ocean swimming, beach running, surfing, yoga, lifeguard competitions, and stand-up paddleboarding. She relocated to San Diego to share her passion for stand-up paddleboarding and through her company Paddle Into Fitness, which offers SUP Yoga Certifications with Yoga Alliance CE credits. Gillian is also a professional ocean athlete, and competes in different SUP events around the world. Learn more at paddleintofitness.com.   

Bhava Ram Favorite Summer Yoga Pose: Eka Pada Sirsasana (foot behind the head pose). Having had a broken back, failed surgery and living in a body brace for 7 years, unable to sit up for a meal, Eka Pada reminds me that Yoga opens the doors to possibility, positive change and radical personal transformation. Instructions, Modifications, or Ways to Enhance the Pose:  Approach this pose carefully after lengthy practice! Never do while driving a car or walking a tightrope! Sit in Dandasana (Staff Pose) with your legs stretched out in front of you and your back straight. Grab your right ankle and bend your knee on the inhalation. Slowly begin to bring it over your head—as far as you can comfortably go—placing it on your neck if you can as you exhale. Bhava Ram is a former network news war correspondent whose career ended due to a broken back and failed surgery. Then came stage four cancer from the Persian Gulf War and a medical prognosis that survival was impossible. On the brink of death, Bhava healed himself through mind/body/spirit medicine and now devotes his life to helping others reclaim their inherent power and manifest their fullest potential through Vedic Wisdom, Yoga & Ayurveda. bhavaram.com

Bhava Ram

Favorite Summer Yoga Pose: Eka Pada Sirsasana (foot behind the head pose). Having had a broken back, failed surgery and living in a body brace for 7 years, unable to sit up for a meal, Eka Pada reminds me that Yoga opens the doors to possibility, positive change and radical personal transformation.

Instructions, Modifications, or Ways to Enhance the Pose:

Approach this pose carefully after lengthy practice! Never do while driving a car or walking a tightrope!

Sit in Dandasana (Staff Pose) with your legs stretched out in front of you and your back straight.

Grab your right ankle and bend your knee on the inhalation.

Slowly begin to bring it over your head—as far as you can comfortably go—placing it on your neck if you can as you exhale.

Bhava Ram is a former network news war correspondent whose career ended due to a broken back and failed surgery. Then came stage four cancer from the Persian Gulf War and a medical prognosis that survival was impossible. On the brink of death, Bhava healed himself through mind/body/spirit medicine and now devotes his life to helping others reclaim their inherent power and manifest their fullest potential through Vedic Wisdom, Yoga & Ayurveda. bhavaram.com    

Suzanne Bryant Favorite Summer Yoga Pose: Parsva Bakasana (Side Crow Pose)—it makes me feel like a kid again and reminds me of the playfulness I can bring to this sacred practice. It also allows me to connect to the feeling of empowerment, that what I set my mind to, I have the power within to create. When I do this pose everything becomes clear again to me and I connect to my purpose with a whole new enthusiasm. Instructions, Modifications, or Ways to Enhance the Pose:   Come to a squatting position with the knees into the chest. Come up on to the balls of your feet and bring your palms flat on the floor in front of you about shoulder's distance apart. Keeping the palms in place, turn your knees to face the right side. Start to lean forward, keeping the head lifted, and place your hips on top of the left arm and your knees on top of the right arm. Take one foot and then the other off the floor so you come to balance with both feet up. Come down and try the other side. Beginners: Try lifting one foot up at a time to get a feel for how far forward you need to bring yourself. Do not let your head drop! This will cause you to tip forward and lose balance. Put a blanket in front of you so you won't be afraid of hitting your head if you fall. Suzanne Bryant has been in awe of yoga since her very first class in 1991. Since then she has been practcing many styles of yoga including Ashtanga, Kundalini, Ishta, Jivamukti, Yoga Flow, Hatha, Iyengar and Bhakti. In 2000 she did her 500 hour teacher training with Alan Finger in NYC and teaches privately and at yoga events. Her passion is yoga and mediation and helping people move through any obstacle they face using the power of healing within themselves. She is forever grateful to finding this practice which has been the anchor for guiding her in the many twists and turns of life. She has a masters in spiritual psychology and nutrition where she works in private practice in Los Angeles.  She is also a documentary filmmaker and has released the film YOGA IS: A Transformational Journey which explores all the questions we have about life, such as love, truth, happiness and purpose. It can be seen at her website www.yogais.com as well as amazon, itunes, netflix and more.  Her personal website is: www.suzannebryant.com

Suzanne Bryant

Favorite Summer Yoga Pose: Parsva Bakasana (Side Crow Pose)—it makes me feel like a kid again and reminds me of the playfulness I can bring to this sacred practice. It also allows me to connect to the feeling of empowerment, that what I set my mind to, I have the power within to create. When I do this pose everything becomes clear again to me and I connect to my purpose with a whole new enthusiasm.

Instructions, Modifications, or Ways to Enhance the Pose:

Come to a squatting position with the knees into the chest.

Come up on to the balls of your feet and bring your palms flat on the floor in front of you about shoulder's distance apart.

Keeping the palms in place, turn your knees to face the right side.

Start to lean forward, keeping the head lifted, and place your hips on top of the left arm and your knees on top of the right arm.

Take one foot and then the other off the floor so you come to balance with both feet up.

Come down and try the other side.

Beginners: Try lifting one foot up at a time to get a feel for how far forward you need to bring yourself. Do not let your head drop! This will cause you to tip forward and lose balance. Put a blanket in front of you so you won't be afraid of hitting your head if you fall.

Suzanne Bryant has been in awe of yoga since her very first class in 1991. Since then she has been practcing many styles of yoga including Ashtanga, Kundalini, Ishta, Jivamukti, Yoga Flow, Hatha, Iyengar and Bhakti. In 2000 she did her 500 hour teacher training with Alan Finger in NYC and teaches privately and at yoga events. Her passion is yoga and mediation and helping people move through any obstacle they face using the power of healing within themselves. She is forever grateful to finding this practice which has been the anchor for guiding her in the many twists and turns of life. She has a masters in spiritual psychology and nutrition where she works in private practice in Los Angeles.

She is also a documentary filmmaker and has released the film YOGA IS: A Transformational Journey which explores all the questions we have about life, such as love, truth, happiness and purpose. It can be seen at her website www.yogais.com as well as amazon, itunes, netflix and more. Her personal website is: www.suzannebryant.com    

Dharma Mittra Favorite Summer Yoga Pose: Vasisthasana (Side Plank Pose) Variation. Every pose is designed to bring you a specific state of consciousness, but this variation of Vasisthasana is nice for summer because it helps shape the shoulders a little so you look nice in your bathing suit. Instructions, Modifications, or Ways to Enhance the Pose:   Start in Plank Pose / Phalakasana then place the left hand in the center of the mat and the sole of the left foot on the ground with the foot pointing back and to the outside at a 45-degree angle. Raise the pelvis until it locks. Then the right foot almost comes up off the ground by itself. You can take hold of the inside of the right knee with the knee bent or, if you are more flexible, the right foot. If the seat is higher than the left shoulder, the left leg is straight, and then either variation looks nice. Sri Dharma Mittra first encountered yoga as a teenager before meeting his Guru in 1964 and beginning his training in earnest. Sri Dharma founded one of the early independent schools of yoga in New York City in 1975 and has taught hundreds of thousands the world over in the years since. Sri Dharma is the model and creator of the “Master Yoga Chart of 908 Postures”, the author of ASANAS: 608 Yoga Poses, has released two DVD’s to date – “Maha Sadhana” Levels I and II, and the Yoga Journal book Yoga was based on his famous Master Chart. Sri Dharma continues to disseminate the complete traditional science of yoga through daily classes, workshops and his “Life of a Yogi” Teacher Trainings at the Dharma Yoga New York Center and around the world. For more information on all things Dharma, please visit: www.dharmayogacenter.com.

Dharma Mittra

Favorite Summer Yoga Pose: Vasisthasana (Side Plank Pose) Variation. Every pose is designed to bring you a specific state of consciousness, but this variation of Vasisthasana is nice for summer because it helps shape the shoulders a little so you look nice in your bathing suit.

Instructions, Modifications, or Ways to Enhance the Pose:

Start in Plank Pose / Phalakasana then place the left hand in the center of the mat and the sole of the left foot on the ground with the foot pointing back and to the outside at a 45-degree angle.

Raise the pelvis until it locks. Then the right foot almost comes up off the ground by itself. You can take hold of the inside of the right knee with the knee bent or, if you are more flexible, the right foot. If the seat is higher than the left shoulder, the left leg is straight, and then either variation looks nice.

Sri Dharma Mittra first encountered yoga as a teenager before meeting his Guru in 1964 and beginning his training in earnest. Sri Dharma founded one of the early independent schools of yoga in New York City in 1975 and has taught hundreds of thousands the world over in the years since. Sri Dharma is the model and creator of the “Master Yoga Chart of 908 Postures”, the author of ASANAS: 608 Yoga Poses, has released two DVD’s to date – “Maha Sadhana” Levels I and II, and the Yoga Journal book Yoga was based on his famous Master Chart. Sri Dharma continues to disseminate the complete traditional science of yoga through daily classes, workshops and his “Life of a Yogi” Teacher Trainings at the Dharma Yoga New York Center and around the world. For more information on all things Dharma, please visit: www.dharmayogacenter.com

Alexandria Crow Favorite Summer Yoga Pose: Titibhasana (Firefly) is always my favorite pose, hands down. I love this pose in the summer because it requires your body to be really warmed up to do safely and well so the warmth of the summer months and how warm the studio rooms I teach in get, makes it much easier to approach. It's also really challenging but really fun and the summer has always been about fun and laughs to me.  At first you will probably do a back roll out of this or fall on your butt which make it a good place to laugh and trying something new and difficult is always fun. Instructions, Modifications, or Ways to Enhance the Pose:  Put blocks under your hands for a little added lift away from the floor and don't even worry about straightening your legs all the way for a very long time! Come in to a wide squat bringing your palms flat on the floor just under your feet. Bend the elbows back as you would in Chaturanga Dandasana. Begin to shift your weight back to rest on your upper arms and bring the feet up off the floor. Straighten the legs. Begin to straighten the arms. Beginners: Like most arm balances, this is easier than it looks. For one thing, if you fall, you'll land on your butt instead of your head — as in some other poses! If you can lift the feet off of the floor but cannot straighten the legs, try crossing the feet at the ankles in front of you. Advanced: Work on straightening your arms and legs. Yoga practice has taught Alexandria Crow how to approach challenges, struggle, and negative patterns in her life with open eyes and a fearless attitude; a discovery she hopes to pass on to her students. By teaching not only alignment, but also how to pay attention to what is going on in their bodies and minds in each moment, Alex teaches her students how to bring greater awareness to everything they do. It is this ability to make wise decisions based on the present moment that true change and growth lies. Alex deeply values her responsibility to push students to and past their perceived physical and mental limits on their mats so they can also live their lives with the same attitude. Learn more at alexandriacrow.com.

Alexandria Crow

Favorite Summer Yoga Pose: Titibhasana (Firefly) is always my favorite pose, hands down. I love this pose in the summer because it requires your body to be really warmed up to do safely and well so the warmth of the summer months and how warm the studio rooms I teach in get, makes it much easier to approach. It's also really challenging but really fun and the summer has always been about fun and laughs to me. At first you will probably do a back roll out of this or fall on your butt which make it a good place to laugh and trying something new and difficult is always fun.

Instructions, Modifications, or Ways to Enhance the Pose:

Put blocks under your hands for a little added lift away from the floor and don't even worry about straightening your legs all the way for a very long time!

Come in to a wide squat bringing your palms flat on the floor just under your feet.

Bend the elbows back as you would in Chaturanga Dandasana.

Begin to shift your weight back to rest on your upper arms and bring the feet up off the floor. Straighten the legs.

Begin to straighten the arms.

Beginners: Like most arm balances, this is easier than it looks. For one thing, if you fall, you'll land on your butt instead of your head — as in some other poses! If you can lift the feet off of the floor but cannot straighten the legs, try crossing the feet at the ankles in front of you.

Advanced: Work on straightening your arms and legs.

Yoga practice has taught Alexandria Crow how to approach challenges, struggle, and negative patterns in her life with open eyes and a fearless attitude; a discovery she hopes to pass on to her students. By teaching not only alignment, but also how to pay attention to what is going on in their bodies and minds in each moment, Alex teaches her students how to bring greater awareness to everything they do. It is this ability to make wise decisions based on the present moment that true change and growth lies. Alex deeply values her responsibility to push students to and past their perceived physical and mental limits on their mats so they can also live their lives with the same attitude. Learn more at alexandriacrow.com.