Okay so, I’m even impressed with that picture above. Of course, the scenery in the background adds more to it. But, I only held it for about 10 seconds. Handstands and I have this love-hate thing going on. I just went to this 2hr Inversion workshop last weekend at the studio with Chris Chavez. Chris is a certified Anusara teacher and someone who is really talented in his practice, especially in hand balances. He’s one of those people who can just go upside down, and stay there. I have two friends that I saw recently and who are equally as talented in handstands. I adore these two guys. But, at the same time, I want to give them a karate chop to the throat. They make it seem so natural and easy! I mean, I’ve come a long way from when I started a year and a half ago. But, the impatient side of me wants it NOW! We didn’t do a ton of handstands in Las Vegas. When we did do them, we did handstands at the wall. I remember it took me forever just to kick up and get my hips over my shoulders at the wall. That shit was SCARY, son! Everything looks different upside down. When I moved to L.A., I was shocked to find out that my Anusara teacher, Tony(and most in L.A.) do handstands during EVERY class; usually in the middle of the room. It was one of those sink or swim scenarios. I love being upside down! If you ask most of my friends about me and handstands, they’ll give you the same answer. “Yeah, during the middle of a conversation, Justin will get up and start doing handstands in my living room.” I just love them so much. Well, that, and the fact that I have the attention span of puppy. I mean, I’ve already checked my Facebook page twice while writing this post.
Arm balances change the way you see things, and really strengthens your shoulders and arms. So my goal for next year is go get up…and stay up for a while. Apparently, there is this “Sweet spot” in handstands that I clearly haven’t found yet. I sure hope I find it soon because I like sweet spots (Ba doom boom ching!!).
Chris Chavez and myself during his Inversion workshop in Silverlake @ Yoga At The Raven.
BTW…sorry for the week off from posting. I’m still eating leftover turkey! How was everyone’s holiday?