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What’s With the Handstands?

So for those of you that follow along my Instagram or Facebook pages, you may have noticed an abundance of handstand pictures. What’s the deal you ask? Well yogi Lauren Rudick put out a challenge for herself to handstand everyday for a year, and invited others to join in the fun. Naturally, I thought that sounded awesome and took her up on the challenge.

Contrary to what it may look like, I am not very strong at inversions. Put me in the sky or wind tunnel upside down, not a problem. On solid ground, I’m a bit clumsy. I’ve been playing with handstands for a while, but not with any regular practice or consistency. I’m all about trying them when the opportunity would come up in class or playing around, but I never went out of my way to really focus on them… that is until this challenge came about.

When the #handstand365 challenge started a month ago, I was already able to kick up into somewhat of a handstand. However, holding it was a different story. If I was lucky and the stars aligned, I might (after a bunch of kick-ups), find balance for a couple seconds and then come flopping down. After only a month of handstands, I already notice a big improvement. Not only can I balance longer at the top, but I also have much more control on the way up and down. It may not sound like much, but it feels waaaaay better. I can even remember to breathe while I’m in the pose (for those of you that have been there, you get how big of a deal that is). :P

So what is it that you wish you could do or would like to get better at? It doesn’t have to be a handstand, and it doesn’t even have to be something physical. Always wanted to be able to do a pull-up or 10, want to learn a new language, learn how to play a musical instrument, it could be anything, just make a conscious effort to do it. Even if it’s only a couple of minutes each day, that’s still flight time accumulating and helping you toward your goal. It may not seem like it makes much of a difference from day to day, but fast forward a month, 6 months, a year from now, I guarantee you’ll be amazed at how far you’ve come.

I know life gets crazy and there are always distractions that come up, so it’s nice to have someone or something that holds you accountable. There would have been many days this last month that I wouldn’t have done a single handstand if I hadn’t committed to posting a picture of me doing one every single day. It would be so easy to say I’ll do an extra one tomorrow and put it off (which we all know eventually leads to not doing it at all), but since I vocalized my commitment to doing it, it helps to keep me on track. So tell people about your goal, post it or email it to friends and family, people who will keep tabs on you and ask about your progress. I guarantee they’ll be happy for you and cheer you on, especially when you need some extra motivation. Who knows maybe they’ll even join you on your challenge.

So take a little bit of time everyday to do this small something just for you. To help you improve something or just make you feel great for learning something new. Do it everyday for at least a month (or really go big and do a year) and see what a difference it can make. You can even share your challenge with me and we can help push each other along. Set yourself some targets along the way and before you know it you’ll have surpassed them all. Most importantly, keep having fun with it, whatever you choose as your challenge. Keep it light-hearted and don’t be afraid to fumble, fall, and laugh at yourself. After all that’s when we learn the most… Here are some highlights from month 1. Have a fabulous weekend!