INVERSIONS: Safe Techniques for Classic Poses
As adults, we often take for granted the balance required to stand. It is a very familiar task, from the moment we abandoned crawling, and literally pulled ourselves up from the floor. How does the brain develop the tools to keep an infant from falling? It comes through a slow, incremental process, mostly trial and error, and regular practice, with a healthy but not limiting dose of fear. In many ways, mastering inversions is an adult version of mastering standing, something that almost every 2-yr old does without any formal “technique” or training, and in a relatively short amount of time.
In this retrospective course, starting with the most basic forms of inversions – Handstand (Adho Mukha Vrksasana); Forearm Balance (Vrschikasana); Shoulderstand (Sarvangasana); and Headstand (Sirsasana), methodologies for each pose presented will be explored and redefined in terms how the mind and body coordinate to create unfamiliar movement.
Balance will be developed through a very similar process as the infant, relying on the more intuitive parts of the brain and feeling organs of the body (heart and gut). This process refines our sense of balance, through a release of unnecessary muscular effort and a profound intimacy with gravity, which produces lightness in the body and clearness of mind.
The instruction will be part lecture, part practice. For those who have pre-existing conditions, such as high or low blood pressure, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck or spine weakness, glaucoma, etc, modifications will be given to help each student work within their means.
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