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How’s your handstand?” “Like the lottery, I never know before I kick up if I will hold the balance”…
If that’s how you feel about your handstands, welcome to my journey.
My handstand journey has been a long winding road fraught with many falls and disappointments uncharacteristic of a Yogi. After all, we are encouraged in Yoga to detach ourselves from the outcome of our practise and the need to perfect an asana, and to enjoy the journey instead…and this ought to stand true for our daily practise. But wouldn’t it be nice to work with inversions from an anatomical and gymnastics point of view for once?…To learn about the muscles we need to fire up to hold us upside down and learn drills we can do at home to strengthen our body in all the right places?
My journey with handstands took me from a dedicated Yoga practise to the gymnastics Halls of London, so intrigued I was about holding my inversions.
I have learned a lot, and had to unlearn many of the things I thought I knew. I would love to take you on a two hour journey with me, to teach you what I have learned and transfer onto you the “a-ha” moments I have experienced which have helped me make progress on the path of inversions.
Come fly with me with so many ways to go upside down that there bound to be one which is perfect for you..
In 2006, I suffered a debilitating knee and shoulder injury caused by years of ice climbing and mountaineering. After a whole year of physiotherapy culminating in traditional medicine’s advise to operate, I decided to take matters into my own hand and opted to change my life instead of going under the knife.
I started to practise Sivananda yoga a few times a week, and soon after, I fell under its therapeutic spell. I didn’t understand the spiritual side of yoga at the time, but I felt a bizarrely mystic power which drew me to this ancient practise and I gradually immersed myself in its many schools. I practised Ashtanga, Hatha and Yin yoga, Pranayama and meditation.
Eventually, my mat became my haven, my friend, and my safe place away from life’s chaos, not to mention the fact that my body was as good as new and my injuries were completely cured. But it was in this repetitive pattern of stillness and goodness that I started seeing more clearly, I start breathing more freely, and I learned to dedicate time for nurturing myself…This sense of peace and commitment carried through into other parts of my life and saw me through both joyous moments and dark times. Yoga gave me the fortitude and awareness to feel more empowered and less afraid and so in 2011 I decided to start my yoga teacher training journey with a trip to India. I travelled to Bangalore and met incredible yogis, and on my quest to get closer to the source of this intense spiritual practise, I discovered that the source was in fact ME!… I realised that there is no Yoga of the East or of the West, there is only One common experience: “A greater connection with yourself through a constant integration of body and mind”…After many long years of practise, I finally felt Yoga…
So I returned to the UK and embarked on an intensive teacher training program with the British Wheel of Yoga. The BWY is an alignment based school, focused on teaching the tradition’s philosophy with integrity and delving into the practise of Asana from an anatomical view point as well as a focus on alignment.
I will be an everlasting student and will continue to learn about myself and about Yoga every single day.
My wish is to share a mat with as many people as I can because I hope that when we go deep into our physical body and experience what wonders it is capable of, we go deeper into our mind and start seeing wonders in everything around us. We collectively spread the Yoga Love and create a wavelength of peace which will resonate deep within each and every one of us.