Get Some Float
Get Some Float
Having a Yoga Practice where you seem to be floating, is to be the objective of many dedicated Yogis. Here is my take on Float...
It seems as though the fear of falling is the stumbling block for most people concerning hand balances. The desire to succeed is high but the fear of falling is also very high and rightly so. If you are fearful of inversions then your chances of falling are higher, so do them with a teacher. If you are not afraid but don’t have the technique… Same advice, do them with a teacher. If you have been doing yoga for a while and you just can’t seem to nail them, do a couple against a wall after your personal practice to become accustomed to the feeling.
Success depends on your preparation. There are a few things that you can do to prepare for easy fun inversions. If you work on them diligently, you will find that approaching and doing inversions becomes a joy. First is your forward fold (uttanasana), if you have a good forward fold that is comfortable with your torso close to or against your legs and your hands are on the floor you are halfway there. I talk a lot about getting comfortable having the weight of the hips over the head and hands. The feeling can be both devastating and empowering at the same time. So when doing sun salutations push your forward folds a bit and push the head towards the floor.
Secondly, shoulders should be fairly open in order to be successful in forearm balance, bakasana (crow) and handstand, nice open shoulders help a lot.
Please keep in mind that your regular teacher, whether it is me or someone else, can evaluate your readiness for inversions .