Class Notes, Week 54: Exploring inversions

The Moksha yoga teacher training program requires me to journal once each week about my experience with the poses and assignments + my practice and progress. This is part of that weekly assignment.

I have always loved inverting, ever since I was a little girl.  Something about shifting the world upside down filled me with happiness, curiosity and playfulness.  I knew it wasn’t “normal,” but I didn’t care.  My mom caught onto this when I was five years old and enrolled me in gymnastics classes, where I not only got to invert, flip and twist, but I also learned how to control my body while flying through the air.

While my thirty-something body is long past the days of carefree, fly-through-the-air gymnastics, I haven’t lost my ability and passion for inverting.  Heck, I do a handstand everywhere I travel.  It’s a tradition that I’ve been honoring since I was 19.

Handstand in a Masai village in Tanzania.

So, it makes sense that I take this life-long obsession and explore inversions for my final thesis project,  the last step toward my teacher training certification.  My research and experimentation will culminate in a yoga inversion workshop, led by yours truly, on Nov. 4.

My working title: “Inversions: Inspire Focus & Uproot Fear by Turning Your World Upside Down.”  (I may shorten it.)

My intention is to highlight inversions as a tool for cultivating focus, cutting through the bullshit, facing your fears, embracing shifts and finding self-empowerment.

Yes, all of that can be triggered through exploration of poses such as handstand and shoulderstand.

Ideas are still taking shape, but my two-hour class will be one part inversions overview, one part asana practice and one part self-empowerment workshop.  The self-empowerment workshop component is what energizes me most, as it ties into self-empowerment that I’m cultivating in my own life right now.

To prepare for this workshop, I am researching, re-reading and reaching out to teachers for advice.  Hopefully this gathering of knowledge across all resources availability to me will result in a memorable thesis.  My wish is that students and teacher trainees can take something beautiful away from what I have in store — and that I continue to learn in the process.

Update: I also polled my Facebook community on the topic and received some interesting responses that will help frame my workshop.

 

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