Yoga Video: Kick From Down Dog To Handstand With Angela Kukhahn

How To Kick From Down Dog To Handstand Yoga Video With Angela Kukhahn

Ever wonder how people kick from handstand from downward dog? Magic? Nope! Just a few simple steps to get your float on! Watch this short yoga video on inversions and you will be flying into handstand from downward dog in no time!

Happy Handstanding Yogis!

FREE Online Full Length Yoga Class Via Yogis Anonymous With Angela Kukhahn

Yogis Anonymous class with Angela Kukhahn

Hey Yogis!

Here is a 90 min handstand and core-focused vinyasa flow yoga class with me Angela Kukhahn. It is s featured as one of the FREE online yoga classes on the Yogis Anonymous website this week.

Enjoy!

Advanced Yoga: One-Handed Handstand Prep Video With Marysia Weiss

Advanced Yoga: One-Handed Handstand Prep With Los Angeles Yoga Teacher Marysia Weiss

Perhaps you find yourself with enviable boredom with regular handstand and are ready to move onto something a bit more luxurious, the Ferrari if you will of handstanding…the one handed handstand.

Side Note: If you are a yogi who is offended by my reference to such a gas guzzling monster as the Ferrari rest assured that a yogi like myself is only referring to a eco-friendly Ferrari that runs on vegetables, rainbows and good intentions.

Ah, where was I now? Oh yes, the ever so elusive and seductive one-handed handstand…

To do this pose you will want to start small working with one hand on a yoga block on its flattest side. Your goal will be to keep the arm of the hand that is on the block strongly firming to the mid-line of the body as you kick up into your handstand.

Next place the block on its side at middle height and continue. You get the idea. The higher the hand that is not on the floor the more difficult it will become to balance in handstand.

Eventually of course you will get rid of whatever props you are working with and try to balance by shifting your weight onto one hand, coming up onto the fingertips of the opposite hand and then slowly lifting the fingertips and balancing in your one-handed handstand!

Happy One-Handed Handstanding Yogis!

Yoga Video: Kundalini “Breath of Fire” Pranayama For A Flat Stomach and Body Detox

How To Do Kundalini “Breath of Fire” Pranayama For A Flat Stomach and Body Detox

In this short yoga video Los Angeles  based kundalini yoga teacher Aimee’ Donahue teaches you “Breath of Fire”  pranayama (breathing technique). This yoga pranayama helps to sculpt a flat stomach, cleanses the blood, clears the lungs and detoxifies the internal organs of the body.

Breath of Fire Benefits: From this website TheSecretsofYoga.com which is chock-full of wonderful info.

After you master Breath of Fire here you can begin to add it to many of your other yoga poses to reap the abdominal toning and detoxing benefits!

Yoga Video: Tips For Doing Handstand Away From The Wall

How to do Handstand Away From the Wall by Engaging Your Core!

Hi Yogis, Are you having a tough time doing handstand away from the security of the wall?

Do you have a tough time engaging your core upside down?

Don’t worry, you are not alone!

A lot of us bendy folk have über flexible lower backs and it can slow us down in our endeavors to balance in handstand away from the wall.

Never fear!

Here is a Handstand trick for engaging your core!

In this two-minute video I will explain how pulling one knee to your chest after your lift off helps to immediately engage your core muscles and help you balance.

Enjoy this quick video on how to move away from the security of the wall while handstanding and out into the center of the room.

I promise if you continue to practice what you learn in this video it will have you floating and flying with confidence!

Happy Handstanding Yogis!

Yoga Inspiration ~ Reach Your Heart Forward

Yoga Teacher Marysia Weiss in Handstand to Planche’!

“Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk”

~ Dalia Lama

“Reach your heart forward!” This is the mantra for getting into Planche’ from Handstand.

In yoga, as in life you will not get much out of something if you don’t put your whole heart into it. You can’t just dip a nervous toe into the ocean of yoga and expect enlightenment, peace and joy to wash over like a tsunami of zen.

Rather, these things are hard won victories paid for by many sweat-soaked hours in Warrior 2 and various other means of yogic torture. (oh did I say torture? I meant bliss…of course..)

Likewise putting your heart out there usually means risking it being hurt or worse metaphorically  speaking when it comes to matters of the heart.

Of all the difficult things you will learn in life and in yoga one of the hardest is letting your heart lead the way, risking it, or being vulnerable. The great conundrum, is how can I give it all, yet still stand in my strength?

This is the work of Handstand to Planche’,…talk about putting your heart into something, and “out there ” while maintaing your strength. It is a wonderful thing when yoga and life mirror each other. Hope this inspires you lovers and yogis to do the same.

Put your whole heart into whatever t is you are seeking. Planche’ your heart out past what feels safe. If you are waiting for the right moment, stop waiting, that perfect moment never arrives.You have to go for it!  All the while maintain your core values, your dignity and your strength.

“You’ve been walking the oceans edge holding up your robes to keep them dry. You must dive deeper under, a thousand times deeper!”

~ Rumi

Yoga Inspiration ~ Never Stop Lifting!

Crow To Handstand Yoga Transition with Angela Kukhahn in Brock Cahill’s Class at Yogis Anonymous!

“Never Stop Lifting!” is the advice my teacher Krista Cahill gave me what felt like a million times as I attempted (and failed) at this seemingly impossible transition from Crow Pose (Bakasana) to Handstand.

Physically its all about shifting your weight forward by moving your pelvis up and forward and bringing your knees towards your chest.

Mentally it is all about never giving up, even when something looks and feels impossible!

This transition serves as a great reminder to never ever, ever give up! 

What poses inspire you? What have you learned from them?

“Tittibasana and Friends” Full Length Online Yoga class via the Yogis Anonymous Website.

Krista Cahill in Tittibasana. Ad for Hard Tail clothing. Photo by Jasper JohalHere is another Full length online yoga class via the Yogis Anonymous website.

The inner thigh area is for a lot of us both weak and tight! Todays flow works to open and strengthen this area! We explore variations for Tittibasana for those with tight wrists and shoulders and Visvamistrasana prep and full pose with props! Plenty of flow and inversions throughout!

The playlist for this is Vinyasa Yoga Music Playlist No. 13. (with link to itunes PING playlist so you can easily download the songs) Enjoy Yogis!

Photo Credits: Photo of Krista Cahill in ad for Hard Tail clothing and photo by Jasper Johal