This workshop will greatly expand your inversions practice, giving you more confidence and better alignment, and a better understanding of how to address the various challenges of inversions. In this workshop, we will:
- Develop a thorough understanding of the underlying biomechanics to increase ease and control in inversions
- Learn how to effectively and safely assist others in inversions
- Perform a body assessment of each participant to pinpoint each person's specific challenges in inversions
- Develop a personalized practice to address your own specific flexibility and strength challenges
- Learn how to move away from the wall and balance upside down in headstand, handstand, and forearm balance
- Improve your alignment by reducing the banana back and getting your whole body involved in inversions for a more balanced and joyful inversions practice
- Learn to come into inversions in creative ways without kicking up, and improve your balance and control while increasing safety
- Explore fun variations that will challenge you to become fully present in your inversions practice
- Learn modifications that facilitate inversions for students with various anatomical idiosyncrasies
- Learn how to come out of inversions slowly and with control
Many yoga students I talk to seem to think that they lack upper body strength to do inversions well. I have found that for many students a lack of flexibility and a lack of core strength are just as much a part of the challenge, and for some students, more so. We will cover relevant anatomy and perform an anatomical self-evaluation so that you can understand what your own physical challenges are in inversions and how to work on them. Comparing different body types will help you understand how the specific challenges of inversions differ from person to person, which will be particularly useful to teachers wanting to improve their effectiveness in teaching inversions to all of their students. To improve everyone's inversions practice we will learn exercises that address the various challenges of inversions, including strengthening exercises for the core, the shoulders, arms, and fingers, and stretching exercises for the wrists, the shoulders, and the hips.
We will cover all four classic inversions (headstand, handstand, forearm balance and shoulderstand), and introduce you to variations involving splits, twists, backbends, and forward folds. We will also cover creative, fun, and useful ways of coming in and out of inversions.
"Gernot is a highly gifted teacher. I took his Intermediate Inversions Workshop and it was one of the most helpful, thorough, interactive workshops I've taken."See Jenny's full review on our Google+ page (scroll down to Jenny's review near the bottom).
–Jenny (yoga teacher and life coach, US)