Kula Flow: Handstands and Backbends

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Kevin Bigger

e-ryt 500 yoga teacher and teacher trainer based in brooklyn, ny.  i started practicing yoga up in boston in my late teens, immediately after a period of massive (less than healthy) weight loss, and just before...
(suggested props: two blocks and access to the wall)

The building blocks of inversions like adho mukha vrksasana (handstand) and backbends like urdhva dhanurasana (wheel) are interconnected; in order to perform either shape well, we need to open and integrate the shoulder girdle, and teach the legs how to engage to support the length of the spine. In class, we progress towards both of these postures, with further time allotted to continue to explore variations of kapotasana (pigeon) and vrischikasana (scorpion), with lots of additional options to chill out whenever we get cooked.

(Int/Adv) Kula Flow is vinyasa (or flow) style yoga with an emphasis on creativity and alignment. Classes are inventive and thoughtful sequences of sun salutations, standing & seated postures, back bending, and inversions —guided by a steady breath to tone and calm the mind. Most teachers also use bandha work to open and strengthen the inner body. (Classes differ in tone and vigor depending on the teacher, so if you have special needs/interests please contact [email protected]) For students with a regular yoga practice.