It does not mean to be in a place
Where there is no noise, trouble
or hard work. It means to be in
the midst of these things and still
be calm in your heart.
I love arm balances. I wish I could say it’s because I have always been fearless, but that definitely isn’t the case. As a child, I developed a major fear of falling- I was scared of riding horses, learning to ride my bike AND getting off of ski-lifts while skiing. All of these fears stemmed from personal experiences or things I had witnessed that left my 6 year old self scared to death of falling and getting hurt. Similarly, arm balances on our yoga mats can be equally as rattling and terrifying- after all, we are turning our world upside down. Yet, similar to so many other aspects of our yoga practice, we have all learned that working through challenges on the mat, no matter how small, can leave us feeling empowered, confident and renewed. After all, the challenges we face on our mats help to prepare us for the challenges we face in life.
Across the next few weeks, I am thrilled to be teaching two arm-balancing “playshops” at Tranquil Space Arlington, where we’ll stretch and strengthen the body, apply tools we have already learned on the mat, as well as develop some new ones to help de-mystify arm balances. Woven into our fun and playful vinyasa practice, we’ll spend time breaking down various arm balances. For those of you comfortable with arm balances, we’ll work to refine and develop your gravity-defying practiceworking on transitions between these arm balances and into inversions. Through patience, humility and a sense of humor, we will all develop the courage to leave our fears behind and soar to new heights! I hope that you’ll join me for one or both of these workshops!
Flow & Fly- Arm Balancing Playshop #1: Crow Poses
Saturday, March 23, 5:00- 7:00 PM
In this workshop, woven into our playful vinyasa practice, we’ll spend time breaking down each of the crow poses- Bakasana, Parsva Bakasana, Eka Pada Bakasana, and Galavsana (crow, side crow, one legged crow and flying crow).
Flow & Fly- Arm Balancing Playshop #2: Beyond Crow
Saturday, April 6, 5:00- 7:00 PM
In this workshop, woven into our playful vinyasa practice, we’ll spend time breaking down each of the following arm balances: Koundinyasana, Reverse Koundinyasana, Astavakrasana and Yogini Dandasana
These workshops are for intermediate to advanced students and will be a vinyasa practice with time to explore each arm balancing pose listed above. Each workshop is $35, members pay $29.75; register online for $30, members pay $25.50.