poses

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.