Hand Balancing: Vertical Workshops by Daniel Rama at Yoga Source
April 23 & 24, 12n-3p
Want to learn the necessary skills to intentionally turn your world upside down?
Whether you’re a novice with a desire to add handstands to your wellness arsenal (see the Benefits of Handstand Inversions below), or you have figured out how to get upside down but would like to master additional movements while standing steadily on your hands, Vertical Workshops at Yoga Source with Daniel Rama is for you.
Two opportunities to take your balance practice to the next level with this international hand balance teacher:
Intro to Hand Balancing
Saturday, April 23 12n-3p
Intro to Hand Balancing is a 3-hour, all levels workshop, focusing on the techniques required for successful hand balances. Students will learn effective strength building exercises, proper alignment and activation principles, and leave with a greater understanding of the connection between body and mind. No prior handstand experience is required for this intro level class, although prior yoga experience is a plus. Bring a yoga mat and your willing mind.
Advancing Hand Balancing
Sunday, April 24 12n-3p
Advancing Hand Balancing is suited for those with an existing hand balance practice or for those who have taken Daniel’s Intro to Hand Balancing. This 3-hour workshop will expand your understanding of the subtler secrets in holding a perfectly straight handstand. Students will be exposed to Daniel Rama’s personal training technique and will leave feeling confident in bettering their balance practice on their own! While not mandatory, students attending this workshop will feel most comfortable with the pace and content if they already have an understanding of standing on their hands.
COST: $40 to preregister for one or $70 for both days.
Benefits of Handstand Inversions:
- Inversions reverse the blood flow in the body and improve circulation.
Work smarter, not harder! Use gravity to provide the brain with more oxygen and blood thus increasing mental functioning, and improving concentration, memory, and processing abilities.
- Inverting increases immunity and prevents illness.
The lymphatic system is a key player in keeping the body healthy. As lymph moves through the body it picks up toxins and bacteria to be eliminated by the lymph nodes. Because lymph moves as a result of muscle contractions and gravity, getting upside down allows lymph to more easily travel into the respiratory system where much of the toxins enter the body.
- Inversions are energizing.
Feeling that 3pm slump coming on? Get upside down! Heating inversions such as handstand, headstand, and forearm balance get more blood moving to the brain, which results not only in physical invigoration but mental revitalization as well.
- Inverting improves balance.
- Handstands increase core strength.
- Handstands help with bone health, circulation and breathing.
Since handstands are technically a weight-bearing exercise, they can help strengthen your bones, making you less prone to osteoporosis.
- Inversions are fun. Inversions reintroduce us to our inner child and remind us that while yoga is a contemplative endeavor in many ways, the asana practice is also a time to be playful and light hearted.
About Daniel Rama, RYT
After graduating college with a diploma in Health, Wellness & Fitness, Daniel studied yoga at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in the Bahamas. It was there, in those 6-months of intense study and selfless service, that Daniel Ryan De France the boy from Carlisle, became Daniel Rama, the Yoga Siromani (Teacher of the Yogas).
A powerlifting accident in 2013 left Daniel with a severely broken left foot. It was then that Daniel discovered the healing values of yoga. His challenging recovery made easier by the practice of meditation and yoga asana, Daniel has since felt indebted to the practice and found his calling in sharing them with others.
Daniel presently teaches traditional Hatha Yoga classes across Southern Ontario and yoga workshops worldwide, with topics ranging from inversions & hand balancing, to back bending, acro yoga, meditation and pranayama.
Learn more about Daniel on his website: danielrama.com.
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