I'm back! Join me for Power Lunch this week!
Sunnie Salad with Pickled Watermelon Radishes
Drizzled with Ginger Miso
Blueberry Green Tea
Hummus and Roasted Veggie Wrap
Celery and Mushroom Salad
Level 2 class 12-1pm followed by lunch from Webster's Cafe delivered right to the studio!
You can sign up for lunch online or order when you arrive.
Notice I said “play with”, not “work on”. I actually believe this spirit of playfulness is key. Especially if you tend to feel fear when trying handstand away from the wall (which was and sometimes still is my main barrier), give this a try to help get out of your head and flip your fear into falling out with flair and fun!
Learning how to fall-out safely by cartwheeling rather than flipping over into a backbend is an important skill for playing with handstand away from the wall.
1) If you’re already comfortable with handstands at the wall, come into handstand at the wall and try picking up one hand to cartwheel out. When you pick up the hand, the pelvis follows. Set this mapping. For a while I was stuck here. Both hands felt glued to the ground - try looking at your hand and talking to it, tell it to pick up.
2) Or, try starting with this. Do a cartwheel! Did you ever do cartwheels on the playground as a kid? Remember how fun that was? Not so scary? Tap into that memory and playfulness and try a few cartwheels without overthinking it. Feel how fun it is to go upside down and be on your hands. Notice how you put one hand down at a time and then pick up one hand at a time, and the pelvis follows.
3) Then try that same cartwheel feeling a little more narrowly, placing both hands down at the same time in front of you rather than one at a time. Still pick up a hand to cartwheel out. (You can see in the video I try this a few times testing my balance in handstand, then overshoot and cartwheel out. But right after that, I had my strongest hold of the day.)
4) Then try starting with your hands already on the floor, like 3-legged down dog. But still pick up the hand to cartwheel out. Hopefully all of that previous cartwheel play will set the mapping to pick up a hand to fall out rather than flip over.
Come and play in Strong Foundations Tonight!
See you there
Music: Lullatone “The Biggest Pile of Leaves You Have Ever Seen”
Strong Foundations Theme Tonight:
“Seek the Light – It’s More Than Flipping a Switch”
Q. How many yogis does it take to change a light bulb?
A. No one knows – they’re all off seeking the light.
I made that one up. But there are lots of yogi light bulb jokes out there - for some good punch lines CLICK HERE
I recently changed several burned out light bulbs in our house. That might not sound like much, but some of them had been burned out for longer than I care to admit, and actually changing them felt like an accomplishment. Now when I flip a switch the light actually comes on, but it took some action to get there – remembering to buy light bulbs from the store, getting on a stool for hard to reach places, unscrewing light covers, etc. For a while that was just not a top priority, so instead I turned on a different lamp or just adapted to dimmer light.
It’s amazing how adaptable we are as human beings, but sometimes we get used to darkness, when really what we need to do is take action to change the bulb.
This goes for our bodies too – when we’re limited in our mobility or strength, we develop compensatory movement patterns even if they are suboptimal. We begin to limit our movement possibilities without always realizing that the light has dimmed.
This reminded me of a recent post from my yoga teacher:
“We don’t mean to. We would never do it purposely. We limit our movement experience, day by day, month by month, year by year. And, in doing so, we limit our life experience as well-the abundance, the joy, the connection, the curiosity. But, know this for sure. We can always return to the original self, free and mobile, supple and strong. Instead of limitations, set reverberations. Work your mobility, and fortify your foundation.” – Lara Heimann
I love that – “work your mobility and fortify your foundation.” Let’s do the work, take action, with interest and curiosity, so that when you flip the switch and flip upside down you feel light and bright and free, and you see the light in yourself and in others.
Strong Foundations Tonight at Yoga Lab
5:45 – 7:15pm
See you there.