Finishing last week at Port Orange with Handstand Workshop

Finishing last week at Port Orange with Handstand Workshop

We finished our week at Kula Yoga last night with a Handstand workshop! These Handstanders worked their butts off. Lots of Asana Breakdown, to better understand the work needed to find balance in the middle of the room. Lots of playful exercises to emphasize different muscles in the body and wake up areas that needed waking up. Lots of work on the core and the shoulders.

Handstands are advanced arm balances. They are great warm up poses for advanced students. They build strength in the shoulder stabilizer muscles and the core. They help students build confidence. And they are a lot of fun!

I had fun practicing with all of you last night. Next time I come back we are going to do the plank competition too!  Lol.

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Look at the pose. Look at the position at each joint.

Look at the pose.  Look at the position at each joint.

Look at the pose. Look at the position at each joint. What other poses are in this family? What poses are going to have similar actions? If you learn all of the “Tug of War” actions in the Mountain Pose — these are the same actions you need in Handstand. If you are trying to work on a more advanced pose — think of a pose that is in the same family. If you’re not able to find the actions you need in the advanced pose, maybe you can find them and work on them in an easier pose that has the same actions? What are some of the other poses in the Handstand family? Mountain Pose? Head Balance? Plank Pose? Low Plank? What else? Chair Pose? Boat Pose? Tree Pose? Warrior 1? Warrior 3?

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Handstand Workshop!

Handstand Workshop!


Handstand Workshop today at Aladdin Yoga in Shenzhen! We kick off our 3 Day Weekend Intensive today. Excited to work with these students. There are so many poses you can practice to improve your Handstand. Plank Pose is one of the best warm up poses for Handstand. If you have a solid Plank Pose and a solid Chatturanga (Low Plank) you are strong enough for most arm balances, including the Handstand. See how long you can hold your Plank Pose this weekend. Can you hold for 3 mins? 4 mins? 5 mins? I used to be able to hold the Plank Pose for 8 mins before I’d completely lose my form and fall apart. Some of you remember the days when we used to regularly hold a 5 min Plank Pose in my classes in the Southbay in Los Angeles. The Handstand isn’t an essential pose in yoga. It is great for teaching us core strength and shoulder stability. strength. Handstands take us out of our comfort zone. This means they can teach us courage and be very empowering. How quickly can you move passed your fear and resistance and go into the fire? 🔥💪. This is Yoga! It all starts with tapas. Have a great end of your week and start to your weekend! Let me know how the hold in Plank Pose goes

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When the wall becomes a "crutch"!

When the wall becomes a "crutch"!

We did a lot of handstand practice in my recent Shiva Yoga 200hr RYT Teacher Training program in Wenling. One of my first teachers always talked about the wall being such a crutch for people working on their inversions. If you constantly practice kicking up into a handstand and using the wall to catch your balance, you start to lay down this pattern in your mind. Even when you are strong enough and don’t need the wall, it is often really hard to break the pattern in your mind and let go of the “crutch” of using the wall.


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