Inversion Clinic with Yumiko Terasaki
In this 6-week course, we will learn inverted arm balancing postures starting from headstand with concrete perspectives. When we practice asanas, we can not use a mirror to view ourselves from all angles. “I want to overcome postures such as headstand and scorpion. But I don’t know what I have been doing wrong or how to do it”---We will solve that problem by 1) understanding basic key points, 2) becoming conscious about your own physical sensation with a help of others as a mirror that reflects you, 3) capturing your whole image with your mind’s eye.
The basic key elements of headstand become the foundation for all advanced inverted postures. Those who have been trying headstand will set a goal to achieve the posture by the end of this six-week course, while those who feel confident in doing headstand will aim for more advanced postures with stability. With reference to a set theme for each week, we will practice according to one’s own level. This course is designed for you to set your own goal from headstand to advanced postures, step-by-step according to the level of your practice.
Setting and achieving your objective, these six weeks will be a toughening process that leads you to your new potential.
Week 1: Why inversion?
We will learn the meaning of inversion and balancing postures in yoga and attempt to integrate our knowledge and physical awareness.
Week 2: Basic information of headstand
What is required for headstand? We will analyze its mechanism in detail and practice.
Week 3: Introduction to variation and practice 1) Hand-balancing postures
Headstand variation and postures such as Kakasana (Crow Pose).
Week 4: Introduction to variation and practice 2) Forearm-balancing postures
A flow from headstand to Vrschikasana (Scorpion Pose).
Introduction of how to practice with the use of props.
Week 5: Introduction to variation and practice 3) Flow
With supporting each other, we practice graceful flows and move our awareness between chakras.
(e.g.) headstand→backbend→forwardbend→shoulderstand→handstand etc.
Week 6: Achieving a goal and stability
Obtaining mental stillness within physical stillness will lead you to understand and accept yourself.