What Is Your Teacher Studying Today? Adho Mukha Vrksasana

Today, I am studying Handstand!!

Adho Mukha Vrksasana

Adho: Downward
Mukha: Face or Facing
Vrksa: Tree
Asana: Posture or Pose

Literally, “Downward Facing Tree Pose” or more commonly known as Handstand.

This pose is a lot of fun. I have been doing handstands in dance and gymnastics since I was about 10 years old, so it’s nice to connect with my inner 10 year old!

… Except for that in the Iyengar Method, we have to demonstrate and teach the pose with the hands turned out to the sides for the IJ1 assessment. I have “Caring Arms” (aka bilateral hyperextensible elbows) and turning my palms out undermines me being able to straighten my arms. So, I’m working on that. When I find something that works, I will post it!

Once students are competent in other inversions (like shoulder stand and head stand), we start by teaching handstand at the wall and learning to kick the legs up first. And then getting the heels to the wall with the help of your teacher.

You may notice in this initial “before” photo, my hands and fingers are pointed forward, which is the position for the Intermediate Junior II level. Sigh. So, I’m all set for Junior II! LOL. Just have to make it past Junior 1 first. Although, the position of my elbows vs. hands, you can totally see my bilateral hyperextensible elbows!! Good News! Those wonky elbows are called “Caring Arms”!

(Note: I may or may not be studying for Iyengar Yoga Intermediate Junior I assessment at some point in the near-ish future (before the offspring graduates from high school!). Doesn’t matter. Yoga is all good. That’s what I keep telling myself!)

So, that’s what your yoga teacher is studying today!

How about you? Have you done the Cascade Yoga Beginners home practice today? 😉

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Ardha Parsvottanasana ~ Half Intense Side Stretch

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