"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better". -Albert Einstein
Falling out of inversions: my one true calling.
King Dancer in the desert. Monument Valley, Utah.
yoga in wedges: I tried, but I failed.
this makes me giggle. hehe. :)
Casual victory screech!
I have always struggled with pigeon variations because I have a hard time with hip openers. Today I finally held One Legged King Pigeon, a pose I’ve dreamt about doing for quite some time now.
It’s amazing to learn what your body can do with practice and patience.
Falling out of a handstand 101
after my post last night about how the best way to get better at handstands is to fall out of a lot of handstands (it’s true! A+ advice trust me 300%!) quite a few people commented that they don’t know how to fall out, and this above (super cute really flattering best possible angle thankyouverymuch) happy accident of a photo will allow me to illustrate my method. hurrah!
so in the top photo: holding the handstand, all is grand. using forearms, fingers, and heels of your hands to control balance. core engaged. sometimes you will fall back down the way you came - that’s ideal! go with it if that happens. but if you start to fall through, that can get scary.
if that happens: twist your body, split your legs, and go with it - turn toward whichever side is most comfortable. my right leg is my dominant leg (the one i kick up with) so it’s usually the one that naturally wants to lead the fall through. as your leg comes down, lift one hand off the ground to continue the motion, just like you would do a cartwheel. when my foot touched the ground in the second photo, i was standing with my back to you.
if this is hard, try practicing cartwheels. as they feel easier, start doing them with your hands closer and closer together. so it’s like you’re kicking up into a handstand with no intention of holding it. then when you go to kick into the handstand, the motion coming out is the same - you’re just gonna try and hold it in the middle.
yes? yes? happy (falling but hopefully holding in the middle) handstanding!
handstand progress is slow. it takes a lot of time and more than anything else, it takes falling out of a lot of handstands. the only way to get better at handstands is to handstand a lot. and while getting hang time is fun, what’s become so satisfying for me is choosing when and how to come back to earth. I can’t yet press up into a handstand, but I can carefully lower myself. this isn’t a lucky snap - I held this position and gently lowered down from my core, keeping myself perfectly balanced over my hands until my toe touched the ground. it feels so good and uses core muscles I didn’t even know I had.
practice and all is coming.
There was group yoga at Millennium Park today and we were lucky enough to catch the end of it.
Today I frolicked in a dandelion field. Three legged wheel and the sun on my face!
Photo credit: linneabullion