Sunday, April 14th
with Kiersten Jakobsen
$35 per person
While many think handstands are that “extra” thing people do in Yoga, they are actually quite central to the practice. In fact, we spend considerable amounts of time inverted on our hands. For example, downward-facing dogs are inversions. You’ve been up-side-down more than you think! The next step is to lift the feet from the mat, and in the process, find the focus and the strength to orient yourself with confidence no matter your relationship to gravity. Once you are on your hands, the possibilities for playful flows and transitions increase exponentially. In this workshop, we will explore pre-hab/re-hab for the wrists, forearms, and shoulders; strength training for the full body; drills that directly translate to easeful entrances into and exits from handstands; alignment conditioning that enhances inverted stability; good times. Come out and play!
Q: Do I need to hold a free-standing, mid-room handstand to qualify for this workshop?
A: No. Come if the last time you were up-side down was when your physician held you by your ankles and welcomed you to the world.
Q: Why inversions? Are inversions Yoga?
A: A standing forward fold is an inversion. Down Dog is an inversion. Imagine having the focus and the strength to orient yourself with confidence no matter your relationship to gravity. Inversions facilitate greater body awareness. And once you are on your hands, the possibilities for playful flows and transitions increase exponentially.
Q: Why dedicate an entire workshop to inversions?
A: I am willing to bet you have been in a class where the teacher announces “Okay, Yogis, feel free to go upside down here,” and by the time you are just setting up, instruction has moved on to Warrior II. And, I am willing to bet (at a slightly lower wager, of course) when you were learning addition and subtraction, your teacher didn’t suddenly say, “Okay, kids, feel free to draw up some Fourier-related transforms here.” Learning requires time, focus, and a thoughtful (as opposed to rushed) pace. Rather than hopping for two minutes twice a week, spend 2.5 hours developing the skills to float and fly.
Q: What will we do in this workshop? What are the expected takeaways?
A: Elements we will explore include but are not limited to the following: pre-hab/re-hab for the wrists, forearms, and shoulders; strength training for the full body; drills that directly translate to easeful entrances into and exits from handstands; alignment conditioning that enhances inverted stability; supported headstands; good times.
Q: Why should I take this workshop from you?
A: Great question. I am by no means an expert. I have simply done (and continue to do) what I can to train with a variety of teachers — not just inversion-centric Yogis but acrobats, gymnasts, circus performers, etc. I’m here to show you everything I’ve learned from them. Come out and play!