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 with the process, of course!)
Kickoff week sees us taking a closer look at the foundations of the asana – the hands, wrists, arms and shoulders.
Common Misalignment: Tight lats prevent full extension of the shoulders and elbows. Shoulders tend to scrunch up towards the ears and don’t stack over the wrists. In certain bodies the elbows hyper-extend and lock out.
The Fix: Starting in Standing Split, press strongly through the fingers until you feel a subtle lifting-off-the-mat sensation in the back of the wrist. From this supported foundation start to pour more weight into the hands until your shoulders start to stack over the top of them. Externally rotate your upper arms, wrapping your triceps towards each other, and at the same time allow the shoulder blades to slide down the back and away from one another (think Down Dog). Lengthen the neck but let the gaze fall between your hands to help with balance.