Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Messing Around

Tuesday morning I teach and train for about 60-75 minutes, take a break, go for a walk or cup of joe, and come back tp Girya to train presses and clubbells with my sweetie. I ususally have a few minutes to play around with some other kind of stuff, and since I added vinyasa and Iyengar yoga a few months ago I like to practice inversions. (although I have put those practices on hold for the past month...)

Because I was a chubby child I never did cartwheels or played on the monkey bars upside down (to this day I've never done a cartwheel), so being upsidedown has never been comfortable for me. All I feel is the total weight of my body above me, I don't feel light at all. Since I happen to be married to the handstand King I do not like being coached by yoga instructors, I don't trust to begin with, teaching basic yoga postures, much less inversions. If someone cannot teach me the progressions of a skill because they don't know them how can I learn? I'm not interested in learning how to run before I can crawl.

So, I've been messing around with this little exercise I do to start to feel comfortable with my weight upside down onto my hands. I use the stability ball to lift my torso up and stack my bodyweight over my hands, kinda to build some strength but more for confidence before kicking up.

We'll see how I progress. I'm not in a hurry.


leslie said...

Love it! I'm convinced that when I'm upside down, I'm reverse aging. (So maybe it's not true, but it gets me practicing handstands.) I do handstands in my hallway, where I can walk my feet up one wall. Feels less risky than kicking up somehow. Never thought to use my stability ball. Gonna have to try it.

Tracy Reifkind said...


It's a great ab exercise....that's how it all started (I should've mentioned that, lol)

I'm not sure I buy the "reverse aging" though...I've seen my face upside down...yikes! All I can say is I'm glad we walk around right side up!

Diana said...

Being 10 months shy of the big "50", I agree with how scary I look upside fact, when I attempt anything upside down, I instantly go blind (haha-hopefully you'll get this comment!)...laying down isn't that much better-especially when "things" tend to fall to the sides!

Tracy Reifkind said...


I doubt men ever look at themselves every which way....and I doubt they care how we look any which way!