Now, the point of yoga is not to try to get into inversions, right away in your practice. But it sure is fun, especially when we see all our Instagram friends snapping beautiful shots in a one arm handstand or curling themselves into a scorpion. Handstands, forearm balances and inversions are fun, but not at the risk of injury.
In fact, if one were to slowly and safely, build up to the pose with intelligent scaffolding by a knowledgeable teacher, getting upside down can be achievable and safe. What most people forget is that there is a lot of pre work that needs to be accomplished. For example, if you’re unable to hold your dolphin for more than 3-5 breaths, you should probably work on that before you get into the pincha. If your shoulders tire easily or you have injuries, once again, lay off of it.
You really can go your whole yoga practice, without ever getting into these inversions. However, if your body is ready and your teacher recognizes this, you might be missing out on the benefits of opening up your shoulders for future backbends, building arm strength for more advanced arm balances and adding an uplifting quality to your spirit and practice. And yes, why not have a nice Instagram picture, without injuring yourself.
What Molly did here is had me reverse my forearms, while my palms were facing up. She stepped on them, got me to a dolphin pose and had me lift one leg at a time to the forearm balance. It was so much fun, I didn’t want to come down.