The desert yogi

For students of yoga—and athletes of all disciplines—the arm balance is one of the ultimate power poses. It requires discipline and focus. It is a fusion of strength and grace. And even though its superficial beauty cannot be denied, for LA-based instructor Dylan Werner, these balances are meditative, a place where he is able to achieve inner equilibrium.

Watch the video above to see Werner in his true element, exercising his mastery in a breathtaking, undisturbed setting. And if you’re inspired to begin your own practice, consult Werner’s tutorial on five of his favorite balances. 

Video by: The Wuss Productions; Art Direction: Ashley Heckman