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[yoga Monday] The opposite of handstand is standhand.

April 12, 2011

 

Today begins [yoga Monday]; the day htbwawM tweets and facebooks with a yoga-theme.

Yoga is one of a few things that sparked the creation of how to be a walking Momtra™ so it shouldn’t come as a surprise I’ll be devoting a day, at least on facebook and twitter for it.

Anyhow, it’ll be nice to start the week with yoga, because as much as it is a physical practice, yoga is a centered way of thinking and there’s probably no day that needs that kind of yoga than a Monday. Personally, being away for three days made today especially hard. Oof, Monday. I needed a lot of mental yoga. ‘Sunday blues’ seem to last longer after time away, no?

Anyhow, this is what the htbawM book is based around ~ the emotional side of yoga.  The way to think and flow more happily through life and specifically parenthood. And what might be the most interesting part is that it can be the very soundbites from class that can guide us once we walk out the door. That can help guide us down a path to (more) bliss; you know…the kind that sticks around long after the hour and a half yoga class. (thank you yoga philosophy)

Now, though yoga is still intimidating to many of us, 20 million (!) people do yoga in the US today. One of the poses some of these 20MM are practicing is handstand.  I bring this one up because it’s probably one of the most intimidating; it’s challenging in both emotional and physical strength as well as emotional and physical balance. You are so afraid you don’t have the upper body strength and equally as afraid to fall. Noone wants to fall hard in yoga. Ego. And you actually can really hurt yourself if you’re not ready.

Handstand. Looks so fun, so easy. (a video)

For those with a sense of humor and those others who are not interested in practicing handstand ever, you might practice what my teacher in Portland used to joke about…standhand, a much easier and more accessible version of handstand or “standing on your hands”, if you’re a linguist (if this is a bad yoga joke, forgive me, but at least yoga can joke with itself, right?).

I give you standing on your hands (Padahastasana). The only thing cartoon guy below is missing is actually standing on his hands:

photo by the hilarious yogabeans.com

this next guy is doing it:

Here’s to Monday’s being mental yoga days.

A hard fall means a high bounce…if you’re made of the right material ~Unknown

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