On Friday, a fortnight after attending a yoga workshop at Triyoga on the King’s Road on getting over the fear of going upside-down (you can read about it here), I spent the evening at Triyoga in Soho, learning how to master the art of arm balances.
Run by Celest Pereira, a professionally trained dancer and martial artist, the aim of the workshop was to learn the art of inversions and balancing acts, from the fairly simple dolphin pose, to the more advanced crow pose, or Bakasana. With people of varying abilities – from complete beginners who’d never previously tried an arm balance, to those who could hold an unassisted headstand – Celest took the class through a number of arm balances offering tips and tricks on how to hone and perfect them.
It was my first attempt at a tripod headstand, and while I didn’t master it straight away, I certainly found it easier than the bound headstand which I’ve previously practised in other classes. I was also thrilled to discover that after a number of ill-faited attempts, I was finally able to hold a crow pose, albeit in the slightly simplified version. It’s impossible not to compare oneself to those more advanced when holding certain poses, but I try to remember that every body starts yoga as a beginner, and it may take weeks, months and years of practise and dedication to reach the level of those to whom yoga seems to be a second nature.
An inspiring teacher, Celest was both encouraging and enthusiastic and I left the workshop feeling stronger and surer of my practise than ever before. You can find out more about Celest here.