To build strength in your wrists, arms and core muscles, learn the powerful arm balance known as Tolasana, or Scale Pose.
(Pronounced as "toe-LAHS-anna")
The Sanskrit word tola means "a pair of scales." Here your arms become like pillars to support your crossed legs as they hang in the air like traditional weighing scales.
Cross your legs and come into the Lotus Pose, or Padmasana. Put the palms of your hands on your mat next to your hips with your fingers spread wide apart. Your fingers should point in front of you.
Inhale. As you exhale, Press your hands firmly into the floor and straighten your arms as you raise your torso and legs off the ground. Balance your full body weight only on your hands. Tighten your core muscles and use your thigh muscles to help lift up your knees. Your hands should be the only part of your body touching the floor.
Stay in this position for about 20 seconds. To come out of the pose, lower your legs as you exhale. Then cross your legs the other way and repeat the pose for the same amount of time.
If you don't yet have the strength to lift your body weight up onto your arms, then place a yoga block underneath each hand on the floor. Place the block so that it gives you only a few inches of height, setting it down at its lowest position.
Focus on lifting up your legs from the roots of your thighs. Try to hold your knees up as high in the air as possible.
If you are not able to perform full Padmasana comfortably yet, then it is better not to practice Tolasana. You can prepare yourself for Tolasana by practicing Lolasana instead. Kneel on your mat but do not sit on your heels yet. First, cross your right ankle over your left ankle while you remain kneeling.
Now you can sit back so that the sole of your right foot is under your left buttock and vice versa. Put your hands on the ground by the sides of your hips. On your next exhalation, push up hard on your hands and lean forward to raise your legs and feet up off of the ground while keeping your legs crossed tight underneath you. Round your back slightly and lift your knees toward your chest as you lean a bit forward.
If you cannot lift off of the ground, then put two yoga blocks under your hands. The extra height makes lifting up easier. After you come out of this pose, then cross your legs the other way and repeat it for the same amount of time.
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