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Nichol's TIPs: Handstand, putting ourselves back together, and changing our perspective

WELCOME to Nichol's TIPs - a weekly newsletter where I share a TUTORIAL, some INSPIRATION, and a PRACTICE.

This week, we'll explore Handstand (Adho Mukha Vrksasana), putting ourselves back together, and changing our perspective

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***click here to watch tutorial video


STEP 1. 

ACTIVATE your palms. 

"Claw your fingertips into the floor until you feel the muscles in your forearms engage."

STEP 2. 

KNIT your ribcage in to

ENGAGE your core. 

"Knit your ribcage in and back to engage your core. You should feel an engagement and a kind of hollowing of the front side of your body to fill the back side of your body. This engagement is essential for entering with strength into handstand."

STEP 3. 

LENGTHEN your tailbone toward your heels and HUG your legs together. 

"Keeping the engagement of your core, lengthen your tailbone toward your heels and hug your legs together. Keep that as your stretch your arms up in handstand position. You will use these same actions when you flip it upside down into handstand."


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by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize winner, Chair of The Elders, and Chair of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, along with his daughter, the Reverend Mpho Tutu

"We are not responsible for what breaks us, but we can be responsible for what puts us back together again.”'

  • Source: The Book of Forgiving by Desmond Tutu & Mpho Tutu


What inside you feels broken? What needs healing? What can you do today to take responsibility for putting yourself back together again? 



Extended Handstand Tutorial PRACTICE


Here is a LINK to an eight part handstand tutorial that will change your perspective and expand your potential in handstand. Give it a try!


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Until next week, 

Nichol Chase

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