This two-hour workshop will combine body-strengthening work with key posture techniques to help you achieve your first handstand and advance your inversions.
Handstands are one of the most beautiful and coveted movements in Yoga, and you will be presented with the tools to create an approachable and well-balanced practice regardless if you are new to handstands or looking to hone your existing skills.
We will begin with the absolute basics and build up into the elements for strong handstands. Plus you will learn how to strengthen, stabilize and release tension in specific areas like shoulders, wrists and core, all of which are essential to establish a solid inversion practice.
This workshop is suitable for beginners and advanced practitioners alike. Modified postures will be taught for those less familiar, and advanced postures offered for those with a regular practice in place.
If you have any specific physical conditions, please be sure to let us know before you sign up so that we can explore how this workshop can work for you.
Getting the most out of this workshop;
– Arrive early. Getting to class about 10 minutes early will give you time to register, help you settle in and align your attitude with the purpose of the class.
– Enter the classroom quietly and mindfully. While you’re waiting you can practice a pose, do a few stretches, or just sit or lie quietly, breathe, and centre yourself.
– Please do not wear strong perfume or essential oils, as some students might be allergic. Please come clean.
– Refrain from eating for two or three hours before class. If you practice Yoga on a full stomach, you might experience cramps, nausea, or vomiting, especially in twists, deep forward bends, and inversions.
– Digesting food also takes energy that can make you lethargic.
– Wear comfortable clothes that you can move in.
– Let your teacher know about injuries or conditions that might affect your practice. If you are injured or tired, skip poses you can’t or shouldn’t do, or try a modified version.
– Remember to turn off your mobile phone and leave it with your belongings.
– There will be mats available, but if you wish you can bring a towel or your own mat.
– Stay within your limits. Instead of trying to go as deeply or completely into a pose as others might be able to do, do what you can without straining or injuring yourself. You’ll go farther faster if you take a gentle attitude toward yourself and work from where you are, not from where you think you should be.
– Remember that a teacher is there to give guidelines and suggestions, but as a student you should trust your instincts about what is appropriate for you.
– Try not to leave early; relaxation or savasana is the most beneficial pose.