Want to learn how to handstand like Mia? Or improve your crow? Or finally master 8 Angle Pose? Or maybe you just want to do some yoga with Mia and me, and afterwards eat Dunwell Doughnuts? Then rejoice because all of these things can happen for you on March 19th at Sangha Yoga Shala from 2:30 to 4:30pm at my Arm Balance and Inversion Workshop! We’ll learn how to get up into head, hand and forearm stand as well as safely fall out of them. Plus we’ll learn the ins and outs of arm balances (how and when to do them) so that you can wow your friends and family with your yoga prowess. Last but not least we will reward ourselves for all of our hard work with the delicious goodness that is Dunwell Doughnuts. Sign up now as space is limited!

Tips on How To Master Arm Balances

Learning to fall can help us overcome our fears of turning upside down, while keeping us safe. For instance, if you’re entering a headstand without the assistance of a wall, and feel an unsteady waver, tuck your head and roll it out in a somersault. Or if you’re turning upside down into a handstand and feel the telltale signs of a fall, walk your hands out in front of you to avoid flipping.

Once you’ve mastered learning to fall, here are 8 other tips that may help you with arm balances and inversions:

1. Open – Opening key areas of your body with your yoga practice will make balancing easier.  Target areas such as hamstrings, wrists and shoulder girdle. 

2. Visualize - Studies have shown the power that mind training can have on the brain’s ability to rewire itself, and mere thought can alter the function of our gray matter. In yoga, this means that by visualizing or mentally rehearsing an inversion or arm balance, we can yield powerful results in our physical practice.

3. Be Present – Is your mind wandering to your to-do list? Are you worried about what you might look like in class?  If your mind starts to wander to other places, reel yourself back in to the present moment and start your balance over.

4. Move slowly, move mindfully – The brain’s ability to sense relative positions and movements of different body parts is improved with slow, mindful actions. So, take it slow and enjoy the journey of coming into each yoga pose.

5. Breathe – When you’re in a pool, exhaling will make you sink…

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Arm Balance Workshop with Amanda Field   Explore prep work and movements for upper body strength development that will allow you to setup for and enter into crow, scissor side crow, 1 legged crow, flying pigeon, hummingbird, scorpion, and toe stand.

About Amanda Field
Amanda comes from a background deeply rooted in education - both in her life and the lives of her mother and grandmother. Before becoming certified to teach Hatha, Yin and Vinyasa yoga, Amanda was a Texas-certified teacher. Her love for educating and empowering students is directly evident in her yoga classes, which she describes as “steady and accessible to all levels.” Don’t expect the same sequence when you attend Amanda’s class. She uniquely tailors each class to students’ specific needs to ensure that yoga remains a positive, healthy influence on each person’s life, including various extensions and modifications for everyone. Amanda enjoys integrating props into her classes, and integrates various elements of other styles of yoga into her classes. Flow-based yoga with long holds, and time for synthesis of the posturing is typical to her class structure.
Amanda also loves off-the-grid Caribbean travel. When she is not helping students to deepen their practice, Amanda can be found swimming amid schools of whale sharks, helping sea turtles bury eggs on the beach, and diving into far off cenotes.

Saturday July 19, 2014, 12:00-2:00

Joy Yoga Center Washington, 4500 Washington Ave. Suite 900, Houston, TX 77007

$40 (15% discount for members)

Registration & Questions
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AWESOME arm balancing, inspiring


As the sweat dripped from her brow into her eyes, she attempted to breathe and feel the breath enter her body, feel the cells themselves taking in what they needed. Exhale slowly, controlled, let everything else go and focus on the now. 

Slick and slowly overheating, wishing for the desert sun to dry her back, every movement becoming lethargic and forced. All the tranquility ripped away replaced with an uncomfortable yearning to escape this room made for desert dwellers and those who regulated body temperature. It was arduous. 

But what she realized in that time…was that she was thinking of nothing else other than the sweat dripping down her spine. Focused only on the dread of moving into another pose. Nothing else. Just the excruciating heat. And all else was drowned out…and what sweet silence that can be. 

[Bikram Yoga-useful for getting one’s mind off all else…]


One day Trish and I will be able to do this.

Looking to start your Thursday flying? Begin your day with yoga so you can do just that. Join me in either BK or Manhattan to get your blood pumping and your vibe set to serene. Times and studios listed below.
6:30am - Sangha Yoga Shala
9am - Karen Lord Pilates Movement

Menuju Ekapada Koundinyasana II Tanpa Cedera

Menuju Ekapada Koundinyasana II Tanpa Cedera

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Pose ini terlihat mustahil bagi mereka yang belum pernah mencoba tetapi dengan persiapan yang memadai, hamstring Anda tidak akan terlukai.

Asana di atas bernama Ekapada Koundinyasana II, yang termasuk dalam jenis arm balance (pose yang menggunakan kedua lengan sebagai tumpuan). Kuncinya seperti yang Anda bisa saksikan di ilustrasi ialah kelenturan otot hamstring (yang ada di sekitar belakang…

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