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Leap Frog Handstand Entrance (see below for traditional)

It’s time to get upside down! January’s Pose of the Month is handstand and we are showing you two different ways to approach this pose. We invite you to play with both! Adho Mukha Vkrsasana is a balance pose that improves blood circulation and can change up your perspective. This month, your YogaSport instructors and assistants will help you find a solid foundation and then guide you into increasing strength and balance as you work toward your mastery of this difficult asana.

We’ll be working on hopping into handstand via playful and energizing leapfrogs. Leapfrogs build and strengthen the core muscles needed to enter and hold a powerful, controlled inversion. By the end of the month, you’ll be floating with considerably more ease… and dare we say having fun while you do it? Check out Angela and Kelly’s demo above to prep yourself for flight. By the end of January, you may just find yourself getting upside-down every chance you get! Feet up yogis!

BENEFITS:
• Develops core strength required for handstand
• Strengthens thighs and calves

KEY ALIGNMENT POINTS:
• Seal the inner edges of your feet together
• Bend your knees wide
• Press your palms flat into your mat
• Stack your shoulders over your wrists

STEP BY STEP:
1. From Downward Dog, step your feet together and walk halfway up your mat.
2. Stack your shoulders over your wrists.
3. Press the inner edges of your feet together.
4. Bend your knees out toward your arms.
5. Engage your core and exhale as you hop up.
6. Continue to press the inner edges of your feet together while you are in the air.
7. Repeat!

By the end of January, you may just find yourself getting upside-down every chance you get! The video above demonstrates techniques once you move into full handstand.

BENEFITS:
• Stretches the shoulders, arms and wrists
• Improves sense of balance and calms the brain

KEY ALIGNMENT POINTS:
• Engage your bandhas
• Inhale as you bend, exhale as you kick
• Extend both legs completely
• Look between your hands

STEP BY STEP:
1. From Down Dog, place your right heel in front of your left big toe.
2. Extend your left leg in the air, pushing the ball of your foot back.
3. Lift up onto your right toes and keep your right leg engaged.
4. Shift your weight forward and stack shoulders above your wrists.
5. Keep your weight forward and bend your right knee.
6. On the exhale, extend your right leg straight as you kick up.

You will experience Leapfrogs and Handstand in every Power Flow class this month. This program will help you learn and master the chosen asana.