An Introduction to Arm Balances & Inversions | By Steph Wall

We flew, we balanced, we fell...

And we certainly laughed too! Remember all those reason we spoke about for wanting to learn arm balances and inversions!? Well, top of the list was to have fun and be challenged! And that's exactly what happened. You rocked it and it's been so fun to see some of you put those tools into practice since the workshop! 
I wanted to do a little write up about the workshop because I know it's easy to forget things. Remember that everything is a progression and we build bit by bit until we are upside down and flying around! 

 

WHY DO WE CARE ABOUT PRACTICING ARM BALANCES AND INVERSION?

challenging
fun
playful
helps advance our practice
fun transitions
help us see and practice conquering our fears

helps us notice our internal dialogue shows us a different perspective

WHAT ARE SOME KEY TOOLS WE CAN APPLY TO OUR ARM BALANCES AND INVERSIONS?

1. Engaging Bandhas (mula, uddiyana, jalandhara)

2. Engage our “core” by activating our Transverse Abdominus. This is part of the “corset” muscles that wrap around our spine. It’s a deep layer of muscles underneath our 6 pack muscles. Remember, the way to engage the TA is by activating our pelvic floor muscles - pulling everything in and up!

3. Solid foundation - protecting the wrist and making sure we have a proper foun- dation. Remember to apply pressure the in thumb and index mound of the hand and claw the mat with your finger tips! then press down into the earth like you want to press it away from you!

4. Positive thinking! Your thoughts create your reality. Acknowledge your current inner dialogue but then consider modifying to make them more empowering.

 

WHAT POSES DID WE COVER AT THE WORKSHOP?

Headstand
Handstand (remember to practice your “L” shape at the wall!) 
Crow & Side Crow
Koundiaysana A and B
Astavakrasana
Dragonfly

Play and have fun!