Inversions Series - All Levels
SOLAR #22: Traditional Headstand
No kicking or jumping to get momentum to invert, in traditional Headstand (Sirsasana) we will discover core strength while being upside down. The strength to lift your legs from the floor. In this class, we are going to lift legs in 2 steps: bend knee (bring the heel to buttock) flex hip (bring knee to chest) And those are the two steps to lift legs up in Headstand. Headstand is a pose to take slow because our neck is sensitive and we don't want to have an accident. Listen carefully to the strength of your belly. That's why Headstand is not only an awesome inversion but also great for core strength and body awareness.
SOLAR #18: Chaturanga Dandasana
Chaturanga Dandasana is so familiar! It's in all the Vinyasa Yoga classes. But it's one of the hardest Yoga poses requiring relatively equal strength from all muscle groups around the shoulder joint, or in other words: STABILITY. The shoulders position in Chaturanga Dandasana is the foundation of almost all Arm Balances in Yoga. To do other arm balances, refine your Chaturanga! External Rotation again in the shoulders in Chaturanga by hugging your elbows in. We will do Chaturanga and apply it in Crow Pose and Tripod Headstand.
SOLAR #26: Wheel Pose
Wheel Pose is a big backbend Yoga pose that requires strong arms. The arms position could feel weird at first, but it's actually the same joint action of the shoulder joints: Shoulder flexion like in familiar Yoga poses such as Plank, Chaturanga, Down Dog, Up Dog. Whenever you bring your arm to the front of your body, it's shoulder flexion. Imagine: In Plank, the shoulder flexion is approximately 90 degrees. In Down Dog, shoulder flexion is about 180 degrees. In Wheel Pose, shoulder flexion exceeds 180 degrees so it feels awkward because we rarely use our arms like that. But no worry, any skill can be trained!
SOLAR #35: Hard Wheel Pose
(but actually easier than Wheel Pose). Take back bending poses slowly and try Down Dog and Anjaneyasana with flip grip, Wheel Pose and Wheel Pose variation with your forearm on the floor (Hard Wheel Pose). Get the benefits of backbend in Yoga: Stretch the front body Strengthen the back body Gain much body awareness and control Learn to stay calm in a difficult situation And remember you don't need to do the perfect Yoga pose in 100% to gain those benefits.
SOLAR #37: Jumping Flow
Kick and jump to Handstand and Forearm Stand in continuous Yoga flows that heat you up and make you strong enough to start inverting. No worry, the wall is always there to catch you in case you fall. It really doesn't matter how high you jump or how close you are to handstand and forearm stand, just jump and have fun jumping up and down. The more you jump, the higher you can reach. If while jumping, you can actually reach the wall, keep your legs there and enjoy being upside down. If you enjoy being upside down, just stay there and catch up with me later. Handstand and forearm stand are pretty safe to practice kick jumping because your neck is completely free from holding any weight. Take the leap! (We don't kick jump in Headstand because we don't want to have an accident while there's weight putting on our neck. The neck is too sensitive and we don't want to put it in an unstable situation.) We may need 1 block just to hold between your hands in Forearm Stand.