Stepping into Courage: Inversion Fundamentals
Do you find it difficult maintaining awareness and alignment when going upside down?
Join us for a thorough and fun introduction to inversions that will help you expand your yoga practice. In this workshop we will pinpoint the common issues that make inversions challenging, and show you effective ways to address them.
Designed for people who are not yet comfortable kicking up into a handstand and/or balancing in headstand.
Type of Event
Both days 14:00-17:00
2000 THB if paid by December 13.
Do you find inversions unnerving? Do you have trouble getting into them, and once there, do you find it difficult to maintain awareness and alignment?
Designed for people who are not yet comfortable kicking up into a handstand and/or balancing in headstand, this workshop will teach you how to increase your confidence, your strength, your flexibility, and your balance to make inversions possible, safe, and fun.
Why bother going upside down when there are endless great yoga poses that don't require such silliness as standing on your head? Because not only are inversions exceedingly fun, they also have remarkably positive effects on your body and your mind. And, if you are at all apprehensive about them, learning how to face your fears of going upside down will provide a tremendous positive ripple effect for your confidence in all parts of your life.
We will explore relevant anatomy to better understand the physical challenges and body mechanics involved, and then spend a fair amount of time on fundamentals such as upper body strengtheners, shoulder openers, and spinal alignment to prepare you for going upside down safely and with control. Then I will assist you in going upside down very gradually. I will cover safety issues in great detail to build your confidence and ensure everyone's wellbeing, and teach everyone not just how to go upside down, but also how to safely take someone else upside down. I will also provide you with a series of exercises to support your inversion practice, so that you can continue working at home to prepare yourself for an intermediate inversions workshop that I will teach in February 2015.
PS: This workshop is also highly recommended for yoga teachers who would like to learn how to effectively and safely teach inversions to beginners.
"The beginner's inversion workshop I found great; as a new teacher it was good to re-establish the basics and foundations for the inversions for my own personal practice as sometimes I find that in our own practice we can get carried away with the 'bells and whistles' and forget the underlying principles. Also it was good for me to better understand how to take a beginner through their initial steps towards a safe inversion practice.
I found both the inversions workshops [beginner's and intermediate] clear, concise, very informative, and playful, and I certainly came away more confident in my own inversion practice."
–Rachel (yoga teacher, UK)
Prerequisites: This course is designed for all yoga practitioners who wish to deepen their knowledge of the fundamentals of inversions. No prior inversions practice is required, but a few months of yoga practice will certainly be helpful. If you are already comfortable going upside down, you will nonetheless learn a wealth of techniques and anatomical and alignment detail that will transform your inversions practice, making it safer, more effective, and more fun.