Adho mukha vrksasana — it’s like riding a bicycle

After a few months away from the pose, I’ve been trying to do handstands again. (Or any inversions at all.) Two of the three that I used to practice quite a bit — the forearm balance, the headstand, and the handstand — are coming back quite easily. I haven’t tried the forearm balance yet.

I’ve always had a testy relationship with the handstand. I very quickly got to the point where I felt balanced up against a wall. I was even comfortable working in the middle of the room with someone to balance me with a finger against my heels. However, for some reason, I haven’t not been able to clear that last hurdle and just go into handstand in the middle of the room. It’s not like I’m afraid of being upside down, because I’ve done headstand for about 3 years now and even feel fairly comfortable with some of the variations. I’ve even managed a forearm balance in the middle of the room. But not handstand.

At any rate, I left the pose for about 3 to 4 months and recently came back to it. Going back to where I was was pretty easy, and I may even be ready to make more progress in the pose. Just goes to show you that sometimes all you have to do is give it a little rest and come back to it.

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