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June 28, 2013

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Heather Hansen

I once went to a yoga class in the Haight and the instructor told us if we didn't like handstands we probably had trust issues. She was nuttier than a fruitcake but something about that rang true for me. I still can't do them. I want to, but I can't!

janellest

I wouldn't say it's generally about trust issues, but it is about trusting yourself. As a person who went through fear issues as a gymnast, there's a paralyzing, irrational feeling that suddenly your mind will bow out and your body will forget everything it knows.

"Plant your hands, throw your legs up" is a nebulous instruction - you still have to trust your ability to hold yourself up. It might help to try doing "spider-man" at home. Stand with your back to the wall, place your hands on the floor in front of you, and slowly walk your feet up the wall. (Put some pillows out in front of you if it helps you feel more secure.) Get comfy being inverted and supporting yourself on your hands (always with strong straight arms). Eventually you may start walking your hands in toward the wall as your feet go higher.

the slackmistress

Jannelle - I've actually done those (we call them wall walks) and been okay. It was offered as an alternative, but I'm going to do a g-d handstand.

(Also, there were better instructions than "plant your hands and throw your legs up" - that's just a shortcut for the sake of a story :)

the slackmistress

It' the "trust your body" thing. WHAT DO I DO WHEN MY BODY HAS STEPPED OUT ON ME BEFORE? HOW DO I LEARN TO TRUST AGAIN?

janellest

Fair enough! One day you will eat handstands for breakfast!

Jen

Those wall-walks you mention require more strength than handstands. Handstands push us mentally, because to get our hips over our hearts feels like we're going to fall over backwards. I was trying to show my goddaughter recently and kept falling over into a somersault. She though it was hilarious. It does help to have someone spot you by holding your hips. You are strong enough to do it!

the slackmistress

Thanks, Jen!

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