YOGA FOR HANDSTAND : Strenghten your arms, work your core, challenge your balance, do a handstand.
From top left, line by line :
- plank pose - chaturanga - upward facing dog - side plank
- forearm plank - side forearm plank - bridge pose variation - upward plank pose
- crow pose prep ( one leg up, hold for a few breaths) - modified side plank - half moon pose - extended cat pose
Preparing for inversions, getting used to be upside down :
- downward facing dog - dolphin pose ( preparing for forearm stand) - headstand prep ( lift one leg, hold, and eventually lift both legs to get into a headstand) - standing straddle pose ( preparing for tripod headstand)
- handstand prep - your success at doing a handstand
> Practice inversions against a wall, be careful !
Once you are comfortable in a headstand ( against a wall or not), move to forearm stand, and then practice handstand against the wall.
Yoga poses: Basic to Advanced
(all these ś, ć and cz are from Polonized versions of names in Sanskrit, I hope it’s not confusing)
For April, I plan to do yoga for at least 20 minutes a day every day. That’s 30 days of 20 minutes of yoga. 20 minutes doesn’t seem like a lot, but it adds up to 10 hours of straight yoga!
To keep things interesting, I set up 30 challenges, one for each day!
Day 01: Honor your practice. Set your intentions. Remind yourself why you are taking this challenge.
Day 02: What goals and expectations do you have for your practice in this challenge?
Day 03: Take a public class. If you are a regular, do some yoga at home.
Day 04: Meditate for at least 10 minutes after your practice.
Day 05: Take a picture or video of you doing yoga, your mat, or something that makes you smile. Send it to friends!
Day 06: Rent or stream an online yoga video.
Day 07: Buy yourself something nice for your practice (a new mat, some yoga pants, a bag, or something as small as a smoothie to energize your body)
Day 08: Do yoga in the morning
Day 09: Do yoga before bed
Day 10: Write down one pose that you would like to master completely. Work on that pose all month!
Day 11: Talk to a master. Ask a friend, teacher, or someone you respect a question about your practice.
Day 12: Learn about yoga. Read about the history. Learn about the different types.
Day 13: Nourish your body. Get enough sleep, eat well, and stretch!
Day 14: What frustrates you about your practice? What do you strive to do better?
Day 15: Do yoga to relax. What event stressed you out? How did you feel? How did you feel after yoga?
Day 16: How do you find balance in your life? What is out of balance?
Day 17: Take another public class, but a different type of yoga than you are used to.
Day 18: Watch a documentary about yoga.
Day 19: How do you clear your mind? How do you clear your body and keep toxins out of it?
Day 20: Write down a goal for your practice. Evaluate your goal (How’s that pose you picked on day 10 coming?
Day 21: Do yoga with a friend. Teach them something new. Learn something new.
Day 22: Do a strenuous yoga work out.
Day 23: What is your favorite pose? Lease favorite?
Day 24: Do some light yoga before and after a work out. Did you notice that you were able to work out better?
Day 25: Get outside! Do yoga close to nature.
Day 26: Attend a meditation class or look online how to meditate.
Day 27: What have you learned from this challenge? What will you take with you?
Day 28: Have you noticed a change in your body and poses since the beginning of the challenge? Did you accomplish your goals?
Day 29: How do you plan to extend this challenge after it’s done? Will you attend a class, schedule yoga every day or every other day?
Day 30: What did you like about this challenge? What was most difficult?