By Mac Guerreiro
There’s something about yoga that reminds people of handstands. Perhaps it’s the excess of yogis out there looking to prove that they too can accomplish this impressive feat. Lately, eye’ve joined them in this and what eye found was a bit surprising. You’d think that handstands are impressive due to their physical demand: The lower back must be strong AND flexible, the shoulders too must be properly flexible as well as strong and those are just a couple of things that contribute to a solid handstand.
Now, if only it were enough to be physically fit; from the nature of my statement Eye’m certain you’re catching on to the fact that it’s not that simple. Eye’m figuring this out as Eye’m becoming aware of the level of strength and flexibility that eye’ve cultivated over the years. Turns out eye have a very solid foundation for handstands physically. On the flip side, psychologically eye’ve got some work to do.
Yoga isn’t just about the asanas (the poses), in fact, it begins with the breath. It begins with turning our attention within before we move so that as we move we become even more aware of every sensation and feeling that comes into contact with our bodies. Naturally, these poses promote self-reflection. The lessons eye am learning with handstands include finding trust not only in my strength to get upside down in the first place but in my foundational strength that keeps me there.