This July we’re hoping our yogis will be sufficiently buoyed up by the beautiful weather, and brave enough to join us in a month of Handstand.
The next 5 weeks aren’t about holding a perfect embodiment of the pose, like you did as a kid. We encourage you to leave all frustrations and expectations at the door and just aim to find your version (and have fun in the process, of course!)
For week two our focus shifts to the hips and legs (it’s so easy to forget what’s going on up there when you’re standing on your hands!)
Common Misalignment: Often, in an attempt to muster the momentum needed to get our feet into the air, our powerful glute muscles go into overdrive, pulling the hip open and throwing the whole pose of balance.
The Fix: From Downward-Facing Dog lift one leg. Flex the foot and kick through the heel. Imagine a strong line of energy from the sole of your foot, through the spine and out the crown of your head. Lift the gaze, shift your weight forward until your shoulders stack directly over the wrists. Keep the lifted leg active and focus on engaging the inner thigh to stop the hip from rolling open. Suck your belly to your spine and slowly, with control, kick the lifted leg over-head until the standing leg can follow.