Iv been asked what my favorite handstand shape is... well this one here is my LEAST!!haha😂 not to see others in, just me! (This is my attempt at a hollowback type handstand btw... which I realize is really more of a stag leg chin tuck 🤷🏽♀️😅). I actually think hollowback variations are 1 of the most beautiful shapes to see other handbalancers in! But for me, this shape is my nemesis! The gaze change throws me off... I have a really hard time with the pushing my chest through & opening my shoulders... have a lot of issues feeling the balance click for me if I try to commit to the actual shape... it’s just not natural at all for me... but I’m working on it!!! The progression is super slow, but getting better bit by bit!
This is very different than my wavy leg dancey handstand stuff! That, I LOVE! The dancey stuff is the ONE aspect of handbalancing that comes any bit natural to me! It’s my expression. Its my art. It’s my zone. Handbalancing, & really strength, body awareness, & balance in general do not come intuitively to me, like some (and I did not do this or anything similar as a kid or teenager either). Art, music, & rhythm do come very intuitively to me though. They just naturally “make sense” in my mind. This is the difference between talent & skill. I may be skilled with handbalancing now because I have trained & worked at developing it, but I am definitely not naturally talented with it. I sometimes wonder what it’d be like to feel with handbalancing what I feel with art/music... or where I’d be with art/music if I actually chose to pursue that & work & develop my skill with the natural feel? But anyway, this is where I am, & what I do! And I love it! And that’s why I check in with the dancey leg stuff in handstands so much. That is also why I love doing/can do the fancy edits with the music pairing like I do. There is no magic app, or secret... I “see” music. I move to an internal metronome, which then makes me able to edit to any beat/tempo very easily. I see patterns and shapes in my head rather than thinking of “move leg out, in bend, engage here, there, etc..” *
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I get asked a lot in my DMS what kind of “exercise” I do outside of yoga. For me, fitness is not about “doing exercises” but about learning to train and challenge my body to move more freely, be more functional and support my lifestyle. When I first started going to the gym I was solely going to look a certain way. As I continue to learn and grow I see that the benefits of this lifestyle are is less about the way I look and more about optimal and efficient movement, support for our bodies, and of course having fun. Going to the gym/ training doesn’t have to be a chore. Keep your workouts interesting by exploring and finding new ways to move your body 🙌 throughout my week I try to fit in a wide variety of workouts and movement in such as yoga (obviously), running, kickboxing, strength and conditioning classes, calisthenics training, and of course booty workouts 🍑this keeps my body challenged and makes working out something that I genuinely look forward to and enjoy 💗 happy hump day friends stay sweaty 😘💦💦