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Handstand

I decided recently that I could work on Adho Mukha Vrksasana (handstand, or, translated more directly, downward facing tree) with great respect and tenderness for my shoulders and wrists.  So I’m doing just a little bit each day.  My tight hamstrings prevent me from kicking up into this pose and others like it.  Another student at the Yoga Center told me he has overcome this with practice.  I had stopped even trying, so one of my tiny bits of practice is to just work on the kick.

On the days when I’m not practicing the kick, I get into the pose by climbing up the wall.  We have a spot under the staircase that is just wide enough for climbing up.

Jill and I have been taking pictures of one or two poses at a time.  I’m finding it very helpful.

Here I am in the doorway of the Yoga Center storage closet.  I'm pretty well propped with the doorframe, a strap around my elbows, and the wedge under my wrists. It looks to me as though my neck is not relaxed, and I'd like to get my upper back in a bit.  I'm delighted that I can get this far again, though.
Here I am in the doorway of the Yoga Center storage closet. I'm pretty well propped with the doorframe, a strap around my elbows, and the wedge under my wrists. It looks to me as though my neck is not relaxed, and I'd like to get my upper back in a bit. I'm delighted that I can get this far again, though.

4 thoughts on “Handstand”

  1. Wow!! Tremendous! You look great — and to think that last year you could hardly put your hands in cold water without your joints stinging…..

  2. I’m impressed.

    Today my weights trainer told me most folks shouldn’t jump after 60. This after I complained of my knee being a little sore from dance. I know I should save my knees, but gosh darn it…sometimes you just gotta jump.

  3. NEVER let anyone tell you that you shouldn’t do something because of your age- that’s just crazy! I’m a PT and if someone wants to jump, by golly, I help them get strong enough to be able to jump! Just worked with an 85 year old who really wanted to sit cross legged and do yoga and by golly, she can do it! There’s no limits!

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