Are forearm balances and handstands scary for you?
Where is this fear really coming from?
For me, the fear was always from the thought of falling and hurting myself.
Once I learned to fall safely, I wasn’t afraid anymore. With the absence of fear of falling, I began to progress far more quickly.
The key: become comfortable in forearm wheel and full wheel pose.
If you find yourself flipping over, just keep your arms solid in forearm stand and keep your elbows straight in handstand. Bend your knees and simply land on your feet in forearm wheel or full wheel.
If your arms stay strong, your feet will always hit the floor before your head.
It can be a little scary at first, but learning how to fall into wheel can change your entire outlook on inversion balances.
Use the addition of this new knowledge to subtract fear of inversions from your practice. When you’re ready, get upside down and let yourself fall.
Oh yes, and of course, please enjoy this video of me falling… Twice. ✌❤😃
I’m so excited to be included in the Rip Curl USA “My Bikini” 2013 Blogger Spotlight! Click below to see the full post.
Huge thank you to Rip Curl USA for including me in such an awesome collection of bloggers!
If you’re looking for the perfect beach yoga bikini this summer, look no further than the Rip Curl Mirage bikini; my must-have bikini for this summer. This reversible suit gives me two great color options in one bikini.
Yoga on the beach, (or on a standup paddleboard), is one of my favorite summer activities, and the Mirage is the perfect bikini for these occasions. I know that I can count on its’ sporty and technical fit to keep my bikini where it should be, in every pose from downward dog to dancer pose.
While it is very functional, the Mirages’ sleek lines and cutout details keep it fun and flirty at the same time. I can’t wait to pair this suit with a long flowing skirt, printed gauzy scarf, friendship bracelets, bangles, and my favorite vintage cropped tank, to take it from the beach to the street.
Have you ever had a self-righteous person roll their eyes at you or berate you for one of your lifestyle choices? It’s an awful feeling. In the space of an eye roll, you can go from feeling good about a choice to feeling guilty or wrong. Have you ever had a self-righteous yogi roll their eyes at you or berate you for one of your lifestyle choices? It feels even worse.
One of the cornerstones of a yoga lifestyle, the practice of Ahimsa (non-violence) is one that many yoga teachers and practitioners are familiar with. The classes that we teach and attend encourage us not to compare ourselves to others, not to judge others, and not to judge ourselves. As a teacher myself, I am constantly urging students to love and accept themselves and others.
With such a strong and constant focus on positive thinking and acceptance, if there is one community that I would expect to be welcoming, non-judgmental, and encouraging without fail, it would be the yoga community. In many ways, the yoga community epitomizes these qualities, but unfortunately every once in a while it can be a very self-righteous environment.
Ahimsa is widely understood to mean simply: non-violence. Practicing non-violence is easy as long as you don’t go out of your way to harm someone or something, right? Sure. However, sometimes we can forget that practicing non-violence refers not just to violent actions, but also to violent words, thoughts, and judgments. Viewing the concept of Ahimsa in this light, it is easy to see that in order to live Ahimsa, one must not only practice non-violence, but also non-judgment.
I have certainly received my fair share of yogi eye rolls and other forms of judgmental behavior in the past, and I used to really let this behavior impact me. As a constant imperfect work in progress, I’m sure that I have doled out an eye roll or two myself, but I’m doing my best to curb this destructive habit. It might feel gratifying in the moment, but this is an unhealthy form of gratification that is created by taking someone else down a notch in order to lift yourself up.
Being a true yogi is about far more than physical pose alignment and the ability to recite yoga sutras, it is about the way that we approach the world. No matter what from of yoga that you practice, how often, or how skilled you are: if you are practicing judgment, you are not practicing good yoga. Don’t let a self-righteous eye roll take you from yogi to bully…no matter how good it might feel to your ego.
The next time that a self-righteous yogi tries to chastise you for not making the same choices as they do, don’t sweat it and don’t let it get you down. The need to elevate themselves through negative judgments is their burden to bear, not yours. Set an example by practicing ahimsa yourself, and recognizing that they have a right to their opinion, just as you have a right to yours. Don’t continue the cycle by judging others for judging you. Instead, just politely remind them of what Ahimsa means and encourage them to practice it themselves.
Written by: Caitlin Turner a.k.a. Gypset Goddess