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Handstand challenge!

ok, so not really a handstand, but downward dog, with a downward dog. so cute.
ok, so not really a handstand, but downward dog, with a downward dog. so cute.

I took advantage of being off work today and took another yoga class at 645a this morning. Yes, 645a, to start my day off right. There were only 6 of us in class, 

– go figure

so I had lots of room to move about. Now, needless to say, I am not the most stretchy first thing in the morning, but some easy movements in a nice warm room really helped my body get moving. 

In my yoga class yesterday we practiced handstand, against a wall of course. My teacher, 

Priscilla, props to her!

has been so helpful and instrumental in my finally getting into handstand, if even for a few seconds. As a kid, I always thought it was about throwing my legs up in the air and hoping they stayed balanced. But NOOOOO, I need to ground into my shoulders, really engage into my core, and think of my legs as light (which, I know, doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense), but it has really worked! I can actually hold a handstand for a few seconds! WOOT! WOOT! And I did it again this morning! It is such an awesome feeling to finally be able to do this pose, I’m so excited I’m like a little kid! 

If you’d like to try it, yoga journal has a slideshow of how to get into handstand. Being upside down can be scary for some people, so try it against a wall, on a padded surface, and don’t overdo it. Just practice and have fun. 

Enjoy your day off today, whatever you do. 


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