Handstand Tutorial Part 4: Handstand Principles in Downward Dog and Handstand Jumps with Angela Kukhahn and Marysia Weiss

This is our 4th installment of our Handstand tutorial series (Watch Part 1 Handstand Prep, Part 2 Handstanding Principles in Tadasana, and Part 3 Finding Handstand in your Plank Pose if you missed them and to get an even deeper understanding of what we are talking about)

In this video me and my good friend Marysia Weiss (yogi, teacher and co-author of THEHotandHealthy Blog) talk about the principles of alignement in downward dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) and Handstand (Adho Muhka Vrksasana) and their similarities. So in essence you can practice these principles every time you arrive in down dog as a way to build strength, and the muscle memory in your body in preparation for handstand! Enjoy!

Many thanks to my good friend and local wellness coach Sean Trace who did the filming of this video and to Yogis Anonymous for letting us film there!

Handstand Tutorial Part 3: Finding Handstand in Plank Pose with Marysia Weiss and Angela Kukhahn

In Part 3 of this Handstand tutorial video series (watch Part 1 Handstand Prep, and Part 2 Handstanding Principles in Tadasana to deepen the knowledge of what you will learn here) me and my good friend Marysia Weiss (yogi, teacher and co-author of THEHotandHealthy Blog) talk about the principles of alignement in Plank pose and Handstand (Adho Muhka Vrksasana) and their similarities.

So in essence you can practice these principles every time you arrive in plank pose as a way to build strength, and the muscle memory in your body in preparation for handstand! Enjoy!

Many thanks to my good friend and local wellness coach Sean Trace who did the filming of this video and to Yogis Anonymous for letting us film there!

Handstand Tutorial Part 2: Handstanding Principles in Tadasana with Angela Kukhahn and Marysia Weiss

Welcome to Part 2 of our ongoing series about learning Handstands. (Watch part one Handstand Prep to deepen what you will learn here) In this video we will talk about finding the component parts of handstand in everyday garden variety poses such as Tadasana (Mountain Pose to you non-sanskriters)

My friend in this video is Marysia Weiss, she is a yoga teacher, aspiring chinese medicine doctor, friend and co-author of THEHotandHealthy blog. (Which by the way you should definitely check out!)

Thanks to our video guy  Sean Trace a good friend and a local wellness coach in Los Angeles, and to Yogis Anonymous for letting us film at their lovely studio! Enjoy!

Yoga Fundraiser March 19th for Operation Shanti

Please visit us on Facebook to RSVP!

WE ARE BUILDING AN ORPHANAGE!

Join us for a FUN donation YOGA CLASS
…after party with DJ, food, wine, and raffle to follow!

With these amazing teachers:
*GENEVIEVE FISCHER, *GREVILLE HENWOOD, *GARTH HEWITT,
*ANGELA KUKHAHN , *SUZY NECE, *JULIE RADER,
*JO TASTULA, *MARLA WEDGE

Suggested donation is $35, all proceeds go to Operation Shanti.
www.OperationShanti.com

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Tapas In Our Yoga Practice: Inviting in the Fire

Simon-ParkDetermination and a passion are descriptive of the Sanskrit word tapas. Tapas (austerities; discipline; literally “heat”) is one of the Niyamas (niyamas describe actions and attitudes that we should cultivate to overcome the illusion of separation and the suffering it causes) the fire that we create within our yoga practice that helps us burn through all of the heaps of emotional, mental and physical baggage that we have aquired along our lifes path.

I love this next quote, and do not know the author to which to give the credit…

“Behind the notion of tapas lies the idea we can direct our energy to enthusiastically engage life and achieve our ultimate goal of creating union with the Divine. Tapas helps us burn up all the desires that stand in our way of this goal.”

Tapas is not easy by any means. Nope! It is meant to burn through the ego. Trust me when I say, the ego definitely does not appreciate toppling over in yoga class or for that matter looking ‘foolish’ in any way shape or form! In fact the ego when bruised will usually take the form of anger. Oh yes, it’s true, yogis can get angry! For some yogis not being able to do a pose not only opens a can of worms it can turn into a tub full of snakes! (Make that hissing snakes) I once watched a student curse out a teacher and then turn to the entire class and call us a couple of unmentionables as well.

I had the pleasure of taking a class from Rusty Wells a few weekends ago at Wanderlust and he talked about being open, curious, and childlike. (And not in a terrible twos temper tantrum kind of way) He spoke about what was it like for you when you first began practicing yoga? You were cool, you did what the teacher said, you tried new things, you were willing to invite new poses in, new sensations, new challenges. At some unfortunate point alot of people become yoga “experts” (yawn) and put the brakes on their tapas, that fire that brings about transformation, growth and keeps the yoga love flame burning. Yoga is a relationship, you have to put the work in. You have to be willing to give, to burn and ultimately transform or the flame will go out. It requires everything that you have and then more at times. It will test you to your breaking point, because therein lies the beauty, the alchemy, the truth of who you really are. Beneath the frustrion, the anger, and after you’ve gone through your own ring of fire you will arrive at something familiar something real, and a person you can proudly call your true self.

Levitation at 9,000 Feet

Here is a short video I took of Brock and Krista Cahill’s yoga class at Wanderlust this year! As I hav mentioned previously I had the pleasure of being their yoga assistant this year which was such an honor and so much fun! The view is breathtaking to say the least and the class was fun, challenging and inspirational as usual. Nothing quite beats handstanding at 9,000 feet in the air overlooking Squaw Valley let me tell you!

Watch the video it will make you laugh, as in true Brock and Krista form they begin the class, after a few Om’s and opening words in one of their all-time favorite poses ( second only to handstand that is..) Navasana (boat pose)!

Yoga Crow Pose to Handstand Transition with Kristin Olson

Do you need some inspiration to pull out the ‘ol yoga mat today and do a vinyasa or two?

Well, look no further!

In this yoga video yoga teacher Krisitn Olson demonstrates going from yoga Crow pose to Handstand! this video was taken during Krista Cahill’s class at Yogis Anonymous which is where you should bring your fine yogi self should you ever decide that you too would like to do such feats of  strength, grace and agility!