Transition is always an important component in the cycle of life, but sometimes the spirit and spontaneity of a new season have a way of shaking us up and turning the world upside down. So why resist it? Just go with it. Practice the pose that puts you there. Stand on your hands!
It’s challenging. It’s balancing. And there’s no better way to let the universe know that it’s okay if things are little bit upside-down lately.
Very often, when we need our yoga practice the most, we practice the least. And it’s the same for poses. The ones that we are most resistant to practicing are probably the ones our body needs the most. Remember, through yoga we create a direct connection. To our feet, to our world and most importantly, to ourselves.
TMOM NOTE: If your kids are traveling with you and want to try this pose, you can spot them at the wall by helping them with their legs or encourage them to stay in down dog and breathe. Either way, it’s fun!
Know the Pose: Adho Mukha Vrksasana
(Full arm balance or handstand)
(Adho Mukha means face downwards/ Vrksa means a tree)
Start in Tadasana (mountain) facing a wall. Bend forward and place the palms on the floor about 4 to 6 inches away from a wall keeping the hands shoulder distance apart.
Keep the arms fully extended at all times.
Move your legs back as if in adho mukha svanasana (downward-facing dog pose).
Keep your gaze between your hands. Step your left foot in about halfway and kick up with your right leg. You might find it is easier to use the opposite leg, and that’s fine, but ultimately we want to become equally adept on both sides. So use your left leg as a spring to push off the floor and use your right leg for momentum to kick up. Once you do your left leg will follow and you’ll be standing on your hands with your legs against the wall. You can let your head hang, relaxing your neck.
Stay there if you can for several long breaths. If you want to try balancing, bring your gaze back to the space between your hands and take one leg away from the wall and stretch up through the heel. Place it back on the wall and take the other leg away from the wall and stretch through the heel. Repeat the first leg and see if you can bring the second leg to meet the first. Ta-da, you are now balancing on your hands!!
Be mindful that you do not create a banana shape with your body. You want to extend through the legs with lots of energy to take the bend out of the back.
Effects: Strengthens the shoulders, arms and wrists and expands the chest fully. It develops harmony in the body and mind. We feel stronger on our feet when we can balance on our hands!
Reprinted with permission
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