yoginiplace-deactivated20131029 asked: I love your blog, as a fellow yoga teacher (but much less experienced) I really enjoy your dedication to being who you are and so authentic. I was wondering if i could also bother you for some advice, I'm having a heck of a time with my hand and forearm stands! I am comfortable in my headstand but anything beyond that and I just can't seem to kick up- not even with a wall assist. I'm not sure if it's tight hamstrings or not kicking hard enough.. advice?
Hey, thank you so much for the love!
It could be tight hamstrings, however if you don’t notice much pain/tightness during hamstring specific postures like downward dog and forward folds, chances are you’re simply not kicking up quite hard enough, which is very common! This article from Yoga Journal is extensive and pretty damn amazing, so I’d start there…
Also, are you remembering to engage the bandhas, to lift from the core as you kick? When it comes to hand and forearm stands, part of the work is setting up a solid base in the hands and shoulders, another important part is kicking up with enthusiasm; the rest comes down to core control, wrist strength (pressing down through the palms and fingertips) and lifting through the torso as the leg rises. Keep working on your headstands and hand/forearm stands with a wall assist for as long as you need. I’m sure you’ll be hanging out on your hands in no time. :) Good luck! ~ea