Handstands have been a challenge pose for me. Many of my fears and mental challenges raised up while trying to free myself from the wall. So when I heard a group of friends setting up 365 handstand challenge, I signed myself in.
It is an interesting journey. It started in finding a free handstand, no wall. The first few weeks were the excitement to come off the wall, I made it! But funny enough I found myself attached to the “right” place to do a handstand -about a foot away from the wall.
Now I got to the stage of trying to find the ‘zone’ in handstand, becoming really comfortable to hold it. The practice of sustaining… so yes, there are all this tiny tip, use your fingers, work on core strength, clear your mind, count the breath. They are all right, but there is an invitation to go deeper than the small adjustment to sustain our life, to find freedom.
Vishnu is the preserver god. Many times he is presented resting on the ocean or a snake, both resemble the chaos. In one of his 4 arms, he holds a conch named Panchajanya. It represents the five elements – water, fire, air, earth and space. The conch creates the sound Om - the sound of the universe. In our practice, both on and off the mat, we want to use the five elements to find balance in our life.
The summer heat feels like the time that we would like to be Vishnu, resting on the waves of the ocean, lying in the sun, preserving the world around us. Surprisingly, this also takes some effort, that's why Vishnu holds also a Chakra - sharp spinning wheel. It resembles the purified mind, devoted to the higher spiritual vision.
Vishnu’s laziness, is this month invitation, working on finding the refinements using all the elements to create a harmonized practice. Join me on this path in my regular classes and workshops (July 16th and July 26th). Stay tuned via my Facebook page for more summer offering.
Happy summer, Namaste Yael
Jack Rabbit Thai and Fly.
The same way you’re never too dirty to take a shower, you’re never too tight to find new ways to soften. AcroYoga is a partner practice that integrates the art of yoga, acrobatics, and Thai massage.
In this class we’ll explore the art of listening and opening through some basic principles of Thai massage sequence that will prepare us for a short sweet therapeutics flying. The class experience fosters a safe, fun-filled, heart-opening community experience. No partner necessary!
Monthly AcroYoga class at Jackrabbit on the UWS, 140 W72nd st. July 16th 6:30-7:30pm, R.S.V.P. email@example.com
AcroYoga 101: Beginner Workshop at
Sat 7/26/2014 From: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Cost: $35 pre-registered / $40 drop-in (Members Save 10%) Explore the playfulposibilities of AcroYoga!
AcroYoga is a joyful blending of yoga, acrobatics and healing arts.
In this introduction to the practice, we will play to cultivate trust and connection. Acrobatics may bedaunting but by breaking the skills down into manageable elements with a yogic perspective, they become possible. We’ll round out the day with a delicious guided thai massage to leave you invigorated and refreshed.
Come on your own, with a partner, bring friends… the more the merrier.
Pre-requisites: An open mind, courageous heart and willingness to trust others to support you in rising to your potential!
“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.” — Matsuo Basho