Crow pose gets all of the attention, but Flying Frog is an intermediate step in your progression toward arm balancing. Fear of falling forward or lack of arm strength can stop people from attempting arm balances. The good news is that if you fall forward you don’t have far to fall! But I suggest placing a pillow under your head to catch you if you are freaked out about falling forward. This arm balance utilizes your palms and outspread fingers as the only point of contact with the floor.
There is just one slight difference between mastering Flying Frog and mastering Crow – your legs and feet get higher off the ground in Crow. In Flying Frog your inner thighs will make contact with your triceps, but in Crow your shins will make contact with your triceps. Keep working on your Flying Frog and after about two weeks maximum you should have the strength of mind and body to get into Crow. If you are looking to challenge yourself, see how long you can stay up in either pose. Try to stay up longer each day – even if it is only for a few seconds. This process will help your muscle memory and also strengthen your upper arms and forearms. Accessory work of hollow holds or sit-ups will contribute pto your ability to perform this pose.
Take the following steps to lift up into your Flying Frog:
- place your hands on the ground in between your feet
- slowly allow your hands to take your body weight
- as the weight transitions into your hands, tighten your core and lift your inner thighs
- place your inner thighs on your upper arms
- lift toes up off the floor and continue to use your hands to support all of your body weight