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Inversions and exploring the upside down
Sat 8 July 2017, 15:15 – 17:15 BST
Inversions can become a scary obstacle in a vinyasa practice, worse still they become such a fixed goal that they make you lose sight of the practice itself. By approaching them like any other posture - safely, intelligently and with patience - we can see them as just another opportunity to bring more balance to our lives.
It can be a great feeling when you take some weight off your feet and onto your upper body. Bringing the head beneath the heart in an inverted asana allows the body’s systems to calm and cool. Inversions are also a wonderful way to strengthen the mind/body connection.
This workshop will start with a short flow emphasising shoulder opening and forward bending to assist us toward the inversions. You’ll be given step by step instructions on how to balance on your hands and arms and we’ll use various ways and means to get up with props, walls, partners etc - to ensure a path to the upside down that everyone can feel comfortable with.
We will play and explore whilst remembering that many of these poses take years of practise before they feel stable and comfortable. The workshop will help you understand the basic features and safety principles of inversions, so you can continue to develop your familiarity with these poses over time.
This workshop is best suited to students who have at least 6 months of regular yoga practice under their belt. The only prerequisite is that you need to be ok with plank pose, and weight bearing on the hands and forearms. If you’re a complete beginner and are interested in joining, please email me to discuss.
- Gain an understanding of the key anatomy involved in the parts of the body specific to inversions
- Learn techniques to help prepare your body for inversions
- Learn the building blocks of the poses, so you can practice safely and effectively
- Learn how to use your breath to help you maintain challenging postures