with resident yogi, Neha Duseja
THIS 4 WEEK PROGRAM WILL FOCUS ON DEVELOPING:
– A superior understanding of handstand, headstand and forearm stand
– Many drills and skills to prep the body in different ways for each inversion
– Exploring balance
– Knowledge of safe practices, entries and exits
– Understanding the art of falling
– Useful progressions to help practitioners feel more confident in continuing to practice inverting safely
Inversions are really beautiful practice postures, but can be extremely intimidating for new practitioners or those recovering from injury. The time that we tend to spend in classes, rarely allows one to properly explore going further in their practice and most new comers tend to just prefer watching. This course is about the journey of an inversion practice. It’s about getting off the side lines and getting into the pose! It’s about breaking boundaries, moving past our own limitations and learning how to build patience, self-trust, confidence and courage that is sure to spill into your daily life, like it did mine! So let’s take the plunge. Let’s learn how to move past our fears, into freedom and dare greatly!
HOW IT WILL WORK:
Each week, will focus on one inversion posture, covered over two sessions:
Session 1: Will focus on drills and skills, from warm up exercises to building strength and/or mobility in various parts of the body in order to prepare oneself for a specific inversion practice. This session will be an unconventional yoga flow.
Session 2: The second session will focus on the actual inversion. The session will kick off with a less extensive warm up, and quickly move into application. Ie. Alignment, engagement, and actual practice.
WEEK 1 – LET’S BEGIN HANDSTANDING
Handstands can seem like the least approachable inversion, but in many ways, is actually the most accessible and safest. Handstands is a great place to start building all the strengths, flexibilities and understandings required for every other inversion.
WEEK 2 – LET’S BEGIN FOREARM STANDING
Forearm stand is a beautiful example of how strength and flexibility work together to create an amazing balancing pose. Specific mobility and strength work will be involved and we will also address the use of props for finding alignment and balance.
WEEK 3 – LET’S BEGIN HEADSTANDING
With two weeks of having built strength and stability in our arms, we can safely put our head on the floor in this third week. A lot of emphasis will be on progressions in both, traditional headstand (shirshasana) and tripod headstand to keep the head and neck safe and continue to build core strength before exploring the full postures.
WEEK 4 – LET’S BEGIN TO PRESS
Press is a kind of entry and exit technique used in inversions. The drills and skills in understanding press work real help with building a lot of overall control entering, exiting as well as in the actual posture itself. In this final week, we will explore fun ways of using press work, using props and partners to explore all three inversions.
November 4 – 27, 2019
Mondays & Wednesdays from 7.30 – 8.45pm.
700 AED for all 8 sessions (2x week – Monday & Wednesday)
400 AED for 4 sessions (1x week – your choices Mondays or Wednesdays)
125 AED for 1 session
ABOUT NEHA: Neha is a RYT 600 certified, international yoga teacher, who’s journey began eight years ago as a means to balance work life and a rigorous gym workout. Her love affair with yoga began in the hot room. Neha then began practicing Ashtanga and finally Vinyasa where she found her passion for arm balances, inversions and transitions. Going beyond the physical, she realized that yoga is mental stretch. Stretching limitations, imaginations and possibilities! Her love for inversions, especially handstands, has seen her train with internationally renowned experts in hand balancing, yoga, calesthenics and movement. The journey of a handstand transformed her life and it is this change that she hopes to bring to the lives of all her students!