I am a yogi that avoids inversions. I’m fearful, and there never seems to be enough time in a regular yoga class to get the attention I personally need to feel safe doing them. Every time I go against my instinct not to do them, and try anyway, I wind up with a crick in my neck for a couple of weeks. Finally I decided it wasn’t worth it. I’m not 20. I don’t need to be a hot dog. Who needs inversions anyway?
What if there was a workshop, designed to help students like me, get over their fear of inversions? What if I could learn, slowly, the proper form for inversions from someone who’s speciality, who’s joy, is correct alignment?
Juli Kagan, The Mindful Body Expert, is teaching just such a workshop this Saturday at Yoga Journey from 3-5PM.
Bringing her vast knowledge of ergonomics, biomechanics, posture, and anatomy, she will make sure students attending the workshop understand the various parts of the body involved in inversions. Emphasis will be on the shoulder girdle, the core, and the inner legs, all profoundly important in holding ourselves upside down.
She will start with easier modifications, and then work up to more challenging ones. She will help students learn to use props the right way, to support them in the poses.
In this two hour workshop, just five poses will be addressed. There will be time to ask questions. Time for personalized attention based on your own body’s strengths and limitations. Time to face, and transform your fear of inversions, so you can enjoy the benefits of them.
Juli says, “Inversions are one of the most potent poses for finding the present moment. It takes courage. You cannot think of anything other than the pose when you are inverted. Because your orientation is upside down, and you are not used to it, you have to be very attentive to what you are doing.”
Inversions build upper body strength. They allow a yogi to set a goal and feel satisfaction once they “get it.” They build confidence. And word on the street is, once you get them, they are actually fun.
Headstand. Forearm stand. Handstand. Shoulder Stand. Downward Dog. If these poses have intimidated you in the past, this is the workshop for you. And if you come by these poses easily, Juli will help you go even deeper into your knowledge of them.
Sign up here!
I’ll see ‘ya there.