Want to switch up your life? Get upside down!
Those cool head, hand, and forearm stands that everyone wishes they could conquer.
Shortly before the new year started I was looking at some of my old yoga clips from 2014 and found myself really envious over the old me and how she could balance a forearm stand.
This was around the same time that I attempted said forearm stand which resulted in a painful tumble resulting in me hurting my feet smh.
Want to know the difference between 2014 me and Dec 2016 me? Consistency.
That girl was so dedicated to her practice that she prided herself on being consistent and remaining committed.
One of the reasons why I knew some changes had to be made as I went into 2017.
So here we are, 2 months later from that date and I am not holding back.
Of course, I've yet to move away from the wall, but I am to a point that I'm not even touching it, it's just there for a little support :)
Here's what I've learned on my journey to pincha thus far:
1. Build strength in your core.
I always thought that arm strength is what made it so easy for people to hold their bodies up in an inversion. Man was I wrong!
Though arm and shoulder strength are very important, I've found that core strength is much more vital in control and balancing these postures.
Since ensuring that my core is engaged I am a lot less wobbly and not toppling over. I'm not where I want to be but I can now transition into a scorpion without greatly relying on the wall.
2. Use props.
I dropped into a Rock n' Flow yoga class recently and the instructor suggested that we use blocks in between our hands when in dolphin pose and to go ahead and attempt a forearm stand.
The difference the block made was awesome! It offers a bit more support and I feel like I will be more comfortable moving away from the wall completely!
It also helps to make sure you have the adequate amount of spacing in between your hands and forearms so that you can safely balance your body up top!
3. Practice. Practice. Practice.
Lastly, when I say consistency is key I am not joking!
Looking back at the clip when I was falling over back in December and looking at me now I see so much growth and I owe it all to practicing and remaining consistent.
Want to learn how to do a forearm pose?
Get into dolphin pose on your mat. (Basically downward dog but you're resting on your forearms).
Slowly walk your feet in towards your arms until you can't go and further.
Kick up with one leg until you find a hover and slowly raise both legs.
Be sure to engage your core and breathe!
Don't worry if you don't get it at first. Remember practice is key:)
Be awesomely amazing,
xo Vanessa Michele