I am certain that these crazy backyard gyrations are scaring Grey away, but I had a little bit of success today. Still not been able to even attempt a handstand near the wall, but I managed to hold my very first open-air attempt this afternoon for about 4 seconds. Enough time to say, “I’m doing it! I’m doing it!!”, and then flail a bit on the way down. My goal is to be able to hold the pose for 30 seconds and then manage a graceful dismount. More soon. Empathy with fearful students=6 on a scale of 1-10.

Edit, 20 minutes later: I just went up against the wall! My form must be really crappy, because my ears are ringing and my eyes are bloodshot. Still..I have been taking yoga classes off and on for 10 years, and have never been able to hold myself up like I did today. And I have the purple face to prove it. Empathy remains at level 6, because once you do what you think you’re afraid of, you’re left knowing how much harder you’ll have to work to get good at it.

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  1. I am so impressed! I can (could) stand on my head with ease, but have never been able to do a hand stand. I don’t know how those little gymnasts and divers make it look so easy.

  2. 1. Seems like you have a neat, private yard, awesome!
    2. Bravo! I could probably do one against the wall, but not a free handstand like that! I’d probably pass out from the blood rush though.
    3. If I was taking the pics, I’d have to laugh out loud. Not in a mean way though. That’s just because that’s who I am 🙂

    10 years? Wow. Hope you don’t fall over attempting these things… wouldn’t be good 😛

  3. Handstands, not headstands? Not that I know anything about it, or ever could do headstands well, back in my youth, but I remember doing headstands a little. Much easier. The hands are placed behind the head — head and elbows form a triangle. One would get used to being and balancing upside down. Or perhaps you already do those and it’s not a problem.

  4. Headstands are an even bigger problem! I can technically muscle myself into the posture, but something about it makes my eyes go red and I have pain in my chest. Handstands were suggested to get used to the inversion without the pressure on my head. That’s the next goal, to be sure. Now I am not living in so much fear, but I want to be careful not to hurt myself with my newfound courage. 🙂

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