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Inversions to Strengthen, Settle and Soothe: a detailed look at the Ashtanga Closing Postures plus Handstand

  • Meadowlark Yoga 43 Argyle Place Edinburgh EH9 1JT United Kingdom (map)

In this afternoon three hour workshop at Meadowlark Yoga, we will explore our relationship to our breath and bandha in shoulderstand and in headstand. During the ashtanga practice, these finishing postures make up a garland of strength, ease and peace.

The queen of yoga asanas, Salamba Sarvangasana (shoulderstand) and the four accompanying postures that come after it: Halasana (plow posture), Karna Pidasana (knee pressure posture), Urdhva Padamasana (upward lotus posture) and Pindasana (embryo posture) awaken the central spine increasing circulation and stimulating the lympatic system. Done correctly neck pain and shoulder pain are alleviated as well as any chest or breath anomalies.

The king of yoga asanas, Sirsasana (headstand) is the jewel of the yoga practice. Done without much weight on the head, this posture reverses the flow of prana in the body and awakens kundalini and bandha.

The final inversion we will practice will be Vrksasana (Handstand) which though not in the closing series of the ashtanga closing sequence, is a healthy inversion for circulation, stamina and balance.


During the workshop we will take many variations of shoulderstand and headstand and find ways to make these postures sustainable, long-term and potentially the most potent of postures one does daily.


Pre-requisites: Open to all level of practitioners.

Cost: £35

Photo by Fi Phillips Photography of Dashiel Peter in Handstand



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