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Hand Balancing: Creating a solid foundation

  • The Sunflower Centre 81 Tressillian Road SE4 1XZ (map)

Saturday 14th June, 14:00 - 16:00pm

open to all levels

The Sunflower Centre



Some of the movements we make in a regular asana class, from the famous Downward Facing Dog to the slightly more swaggering Handstand, create big demands on certain joints, tissues and muscles in our bodies that are not normally used in this way. In order to make sure you don’t get hurt and can progress safely, it’s a good idea to prepare these 'weak link' areas for taking such unusual load.

Alignment is crucial to good preparation. Paying careful attention to alignment will ensure that the nuances of each load the body endures are properly accommodated. Every joint configuration has a unique load profile and each tissue type has a different threshold for the deformation created by the force of weight on it. Alignment involves understanding this and carefully adapting to strengthen and stabilise movements.

Join Rachel to play, discuss and work on the slow and careful process of:

- Strengthening and stabilising the joints (fingers, wrists, elbows, shoulders)
- Stretching and ‘opening up’ the muscles (hands, forearms, upper arms, shoulders, upper back)
- Experimenting with the art of balancing on your hands.

After a juicy warm up we will focus on specific preparations for the wrist/elbow/shoulder joints, ending with a play of transitions: hand stand; crow; crow variations and plenty of time for questions you don't get a chance for in a regular class.

The workshop will end with a relaxing meditation. You will get take away routines to continue your exploration at home.

Please book through me ( and don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions!


Earlier Event: May 12
Later Event: June 28
Small Group Yoga Beginners Course