It was good to attend another thought-provoking workshop with Andrea
Kwiatkowski at Camyoga this week - and enjoy a tasty meal at the Stem & Glory vegan restaurant.
Andrea is a seasoned yoga teacher in the Jivamukti tradition, where a handstand against a wall is treated as a warm up. That's a new way of looking at things for a gentle hatha practitioner like me. So now I'm trying the idea on for size, kicking myself up into a handstand against the wall everyday. Or attempting to.
I have a fear of handstands. I practice them clumsily, with more than a little trepidation. I just haven't properly cracked the technique.
When I do find my way to a point of stability and balance in the pose, I really love the way it feels. There's this delightful sense of achievement. And returning to standing you feel like the Queen of the World! Often, though, I kick up and kick up and never quite make it all the way. Those times, I move on with the day quite crestfallen.
I'm curious to discover if this fear and lack of confidence in my ability to practice a handstand against a wall will diminish if I look at the pose a little differently and practice it a little more. As my confidence in my ability to achieve a handstand develops, will that be reflected in other areas of my life? I'll put it to the test and let you know.
Andrea Kwiatkowski raises the bar. It was a privilege to be exposed to a different yoga approach from a passionate, skilled and dedicated teacher. I came away with plenty for fresh ideas for warming up before a specific posture or a full sequence.