Are you curious about exploring the unknown territory of taking your yoga practice upside down?
This workshop - taught at Down To Earth in Tufnell Park - will explore all manner of arm balances and inversions from Sirsasana (headstand), Bakasana (crane), Pincha Mayurasana (forearm balance), Adho Mukha Vrksasana (handstand), Galavasana (flying pigeon) and more.
We will work on preparing the body – especially the core and the shoulders – in order to safely practice these asanas that are not commonly taught in a regular class setting. Most people think strength is a requirement when practicing arm balances and inversions, but technique and an understanding of proper alignment plays a far more pivotal role.
We will also discuss how Patanjali’s philosophy of yoga is applied to challenging postures such as these that naturally pull Tapas (discipline), Svādhyāya (self-study) and Dharana (concentration) into play.
As this workshop will ignite your Rajastic tendencies, we will close the afternoon with some calming Pranayama, or breathing practices to bring balance to the body that has been working hard playing with turning the world upside down.
What to bring: Courage. What to leave behind: A fear of trying something new.
For students with a at least one year’s experience. Not suitable for those pregnant or with chronic neck or shoulder sensitivities.