I am not totally connected to hand stands or arm balances although I can manage the crow perfectly, so when I saw Jeff Phenix running an Inversion Workshop locally I knew that I had to go along. Jeff teaches in Cookham where I live and I feel very lucky to have an accomplished Yoga teacher who also teaches at The Life Centre and Triyoga in London, local to me.
We started with warming up the fingers, hands and wrists and then moved on to the forearms. It is amazing the little tips he gave us. Just clawing the finger tips back when the plan in on the mat, engages the muscles in the upper back and placement is so important. As Esther Eckhart says, the length of the upper arms can make a huge difference and using a blanket can assist with that problem.
Needless to say, we tried arm balances, head stands and hand stands. Jeff kept it playful as there were other like myself who struggled with them, and it was very tiring.
It was a lovely class, people helping one another and amazing to watch those who are able to master them all to well.
I think head and hand stands are like Marmite. You love them or not. I love Yoga and balancing but I prefer to be on my legs rather than my head but I can see how people absolutely love them.
It was a great workshop that I would recommend to anyone.