We are so excited to welcome Gemma Crickmore to the Kula studio for her handstand workshop on Saturday 20th January 2:15pm-4:30pm. We caught up with Gemma to find out more about this dynamic workshop.

Hi Gemma, thanks for taking the time out to chat to us.

Our first question is do students need to be able to do a handstand to come to the workshop?

Absolutely not. Everyone is welcome and you don’t need to be able to do a handstand, so please don’t worry. This workshop will cater for all abilities, from very beginners to those on their quest to press-to-handstand. You need only bring a desire to develop your knowledge of handstand technique and a can-do attitude!

The workshop is 2 hours, 15 minutes – how much of that time will I be practicing handstands?

Students can expect to spend a reasonable amount of time upside in this workshop. Never fear, we aren’t expecting you to spend 2 hours standing on your hands and we will be working through a lot of technique. We often find that students tend to have reached capacity or are coming close to reaching capacity for standing on their hands by the end of the workshop. It’s not uncommon to underestimate how tiring handstand training can be. Be prepared to work hard, but you will certainly reap the benefits afterwards.

What is your best tip to hold a handstand?

The number one tip that helped me really start to hold my handstands was to bring my heels together, point my toes and externally rotate my feet. On paper, it sounds quite irrelevant to a handstand though! If you want to figure out how it all ties in, come along to the workshop and spend some quality time learning and refining.

How long have you practiced yoga?

I’ve been practicing yoga on and off since my school days, however, I really started to develop a daily practice whilst at University to help combat stress – it clearly worked because I graduated with my degree and some years on I’m still practicing every day!

As a student, which yoga class do you like to attend the most?

I absolutely adore yoga nidra. My life is very busy and I am always on the go, therefore having that sacred space held for me to be still and journey internally is a hands-down winner.

What is your yoga background?

I undertook a multi-disciplinary Diploma in Teaching Yoga; however my main teachers have hailed from the Sivananda lineage, therefore I have a tendency towards teaching a strong hatha practice with a focus on integrating asana, pranayama and relaxation. I have also specialised in teaching yoga to toddlers, children and teens – the part of my teaching which I find the most rewarding.

Gemma’s Handstand workshop is taking place o Saturday 20th January at 2:15pm – 4:30pm. To book please click here.

We found this fabulous article on Mind Body Green – 5 reasons why you should do handstands every day.

We have a range of fantastic workshops taking place throughout January and February, please book to avoid disappointment.

The Yoga Kula team is also heading off to the beautiful island of Fuerteventura on 11th May 2018, would you like to join us on this very special yoga retreat?