This class is all about strengthening core and detoxing with twists. Sprinkle in plenty of headstands, dolphin and handstands and you have a class with plenty of movement and sweat!
The playlist for this is Vinyasa Yoga Music Playlist No. 12. (with link to itunes PING playlist so you can easily download the songs) Enjoy Yogis!
Ironically, me and my yoga teacher friend Kristin Olson (check her out over at the K.O. Yoga blog and read her post on the Top 10 Reasons that Handstands are Awesome!) both got our press to handstand the very same night at my friends Brock Cahill’s class over at Yogis Anonymous. I have always been told that good things happen in three’s, so I guess that means you are next!
In this video I do a press handstand (Adho Mukha Vrksasana) to crow pose (Bakasana). Handstand press is something that I have wanted to get for quite sometime now and I am so stoked! The key to the press is shoulder integration, full external rotation of the arm bones, and core strength. I am extremely fortunate to have amazing teachers like Brock and Krista Cahill who have guided me all the way. Anything is possible with steady practice, determination and a little faith. What are some poses or transitions that you would like to know more about? I would love to know!
This class focuses building core strength with plank variations,ab work and crow pose. We then explore dolphin, a fun variation on headstand for the beginner or inflexible student and handstands! The playlist for this is Vinyasa Yoga Music Playlist No. 11. (with link to itunes PING playlist so you can easily download the songs) Enjoy Yogis!
Here is some yoga inspiration for today! Watch as local Yogaworks teacher trainer Heather Seiniger demonstrates the advanced yoga transition Crow Pose (Bakasana) to Handstand (Adho Mukha Vrksasana) back to Crow Pose (Bakasana) to low plank (Chaturanga Dandasana) and through the vinyasa.
If you would like to master these transitions here is the most logical way to go about it:
1. Learn Crow Pose
2. Learn to jump back from Crow to low plank (Chaturanga Dandasana)
4. Learn Handstand (Watch my tutorials on handstand to get a good start and start practicing the actions of handstand in every pose!
5. Practice lowering to crow from handstand (use a yoga strap on your upper arms just above the elbows so your arms don’t splay out!) Just mastered this thanks to my teacher Krista Cahill and I am so stoked!
6. Practice scooping your hips under, squeezing the knees to the midline and pressing into your hands to life back up to handstand. (You will prob need someone to help you with this by spotting you. Use your yoga strap! I am currently working on this myself, so far just a lift off, but not all the way up on my own.
7. Believe in yourself and of course practice, practice, practice! Good Luck!
Hopefully you have watched Handstands tutorial Part 1 Handstand Prep, Part 2 Handstand in Mountain Pose (Tadasana), Part 3 Finding Handstand in your Plank Pose, and Part 4 Handstand in Downward Facing Dog to get a good foundation and also we hope you have been practicing the principles of alignement in all of your basic poses while doing your regular yoga practice.
As we know, its about 99% sweat, practice and faith and 1% theory so keep that in mind. I never got to personally meet the amazing father of Ashtanga yoga Pattabhi Jois but I love his saying “Practice, all is coming”. Meaning of course, just DO your practice! Don’t worry over the details, just get on your mat, show up for yourself every day, be earnest and it will happen! Have faith! All the theory in the world won’t help a bit without a regular, dedicated, faithful practice.
In this short video me and my good friend, yoga teacher and co-author of the Hot and Healthy blog introduce the use of a round excercise ball in helping you in your quest to practice your Handstands away from the wall.
This was first taught to me by beautiful, talented, and legendary Krista Cahill (yes, I said legendary! And if you know her I am sure you feel the same way, this lady knows her yoga!)