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.
NOTE: You should consult a medical practitioner before starting any new exercise regime. This is particularly important if you are overweight, pregnant, nursing, regularly taking medications, or have any existing medical conditions. Content shown on this website may not be tailored to your current physical and mental health. Please consult a medical professional before attempting any of the poses listed here.
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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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Eka Pada Koundinyasana (the pose dedicated to Koundinya) is an arm balance, In this pose the key to success is more related to leverage than strength. Therefore, in order to achieve this pose, we must have faith like Koundinya. Faith to find the middle way between balance and strength; belief in our self and physical ability (readiness) in order to achieve the pose.
Trying out the pose.
If you want to give a go at Koundinyasana A or B, below are two videos by a favorite yogi of mine, Kino. I hope you find them helpful. Please let me know if you gave the pose a try!
Do not attempt any of these poses without the aid and supervision of a well-trained yoga instructor. Please be sure to consult a medical practitioner before starting any new exercise regime. This is particularly important if you are overweight, pregnant, nursing, regularly taking medications, or have any existing medical conditions. The information contained in this website may not be tailored to your current physical and mental health. Rock Climbing Yogi and Ann Seibert accept no liability whatsoever for any damages arising from the use of this website. As with any workout or yoga class, be sure to warm up properly and cool down afterward to avoid injury.
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Its a common mistake for people to associate a strong core with strong abs. Instead, think of your core as the muscles connecting your upper and lower body. No matter what you're doing (climbing, practicing yoga or cleaning your house), the motion to make those movements originates and/or moves through your core. Thus, a weak or inflexible core can significantly affect how well you move. This makes building up a strong core critical to crank up your power, performance, balance and stability. Below are six of my favorite drills to build a strong core. Photos and links are from YogaJournal.com. And,...if you're looking for a great flow sequence, give this Twisting Core Flow by Baptiste Yoga a try. It'll kick your butt!
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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.