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Your weekly yoga vid is put on hold this week as I'm still recovering from my shoulder injury and I keep aggravating the injury when I do my own personal practice, so I know rest is best for right now. In its place, though, I've got the first sequence in a fun mini series called Funky Transitions. In this series, I'll show a couple interesting transitions I incorporate into my own personal practice that you likely wouldn't see at your standard yoga class. Most of these are somewhat advanced, but if you're a beginner, don't be turned off. Instead, make a mental note of these so that when both of the poses are in your practice, you can give the transition a try.
In today's transition I'm going from headstand to forearm stand. You can see the whole thing at the beginning of the video below about our Marrakesh retreat. (Side note: There are three more days to use the code namaslay for $100 off the Morocco yoga retreat!)
So let me break it down for you:
Before you begin: You want to be sure you're able to do (and hold) both supported headstand and forearm stand. Do not try this if one or both of those poses is not in your practice.
1. Start with supported headstand. You can play around in this like I did above. I like to pike up with my legs together because I think the whole thing looks more seamless.
2. Once the legs are straight above you, begin to split them in the shape of a V. As you begin to do this, shift your gaze from back behind you to the mat. Begin to engage the forearms and press into the arms to start to lift your head. In order to maintain your balance, spread your toes. (Hint: Think of this like walking on a tightrope and you have your arms to either side. In this case, use your legs like you would your arms, with the toes spread for added stability.)
3. Then, lift your head. I usually will drop one or two legs back for scorpion/variation. Remember to keep pushing through your forearms in order to stay strong in the shoulders
I'd love to hear your thoughts! What's a favorite transition for you? Any you're itching to learn?
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