is a rock climber and passionate yoga enthusiast. Her classes are intended to help athletes of all types avoid injuries caused by strong tight muscles and to increase performance through improved range of motion.
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How to Perfect Your Handstand? Practice...Practice...Practice!
To me Yoga Sutra I.12 is about nurturing an attitude of persistent and regular effort without being overly fixated on the pose of handstand. Easy to say, sometimes hard to do...okay, really hard.
But, as that old Virgina Slim ad used to claim, "You've come a long way baby!" If I stop and reflect, giving myself time and space to really look back with objectivity. WOW! I have come a long way. Plus, every day I see small improvements. I’m learning to love handstand drills. I’m finding it easier to enter into handstand and to hold it. I’m working on refining the pose—pressing through fingers and hands, extending out, pull ribs and pelvis toward each other while reaching the tailbone toward heels, squeeze legs together, roll thighs in, extend out through pointed toes….Oh yeah and BREATHE! ***sigh*** Okay still not easy, but it's a practice.
So, food for thought…
What are you practicing? How are you practicing? Do you practice daily? Do you practice with love and care, honoring the place you are in your journey not overdoing and harming yourself? Do you practice without greed or obsession (non-attachment). I love how the practice of yoga can apply to all aspects of life—work, rock climbing (or any sport), relationships, etc...
So, as you venture into the world today. Think about what you practicing and how can you practice more diligently, carefully—honoring where you are in your journey and finding the joy and love in being right where you are.
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For those brave souls that attended Wednesday's Yoga for Power & Flexibility class, you all did amazingly well! Before we started practicing handstand, we discussed how important it is to maintain strong straight arms during the inversion. Below are four of the arm drills we did to help prepare for adho mukha vrksasana (aka handstand) and to ultimately make achieving the pose a bit easier.