You guys. I LOVE Elephant Trunk pose! It’s one of my favorite arm balances, and I get so excited when I’m taking a class and the instructor cues it. It’s a great lead in to more challenging asanas, like Eight Angle Pose, but even more importantly, it helps us harness mindfulness and focus as we engage every muscle needed to find our flight! Here’s how I warm up for it:
Counted Breath Empty your lungs with a deep breath out. Then inhale for a slow, steady count of four. Pause at the top of your breath and draw your focus to the space you’re internally creating. Breathe out for that same controlled four count. Pause at the end of your exhale, mindfully contracting your abdominal muscles as your belly hollows out. Repeat for 8 or more breaths.
The Parting Words: Arm balances like Elephant Trunk take time, practice, and mindfulness to achieve. Go at your own pace, keep a positive mindset, and celebrate every advancement you make. Before you know it, being on your hands will feel like second nature!