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“I have a deeply rooted fear of falling on my face and busting out my teeth,” says one personal trainer who has yet to master the yoga headstand.
See, you’re not alone - even the fittest among us struggle with certain yoga poses. So if headstand is one of those poses you jussssst can’t seem to figure out, we have a step-by-step guide for your reading pleasure. We also included some detailed instructions and pro-tips on how to get into pose and stay balanced once you find your groove.
TL;DR? Skip to the video at the end of this post, or come on down to FLEX Yoga + Barre and we'll teach you. First class is free!
How to Do Supported Headstand
1. Kneel down on your yoga mat.
This one is simple - you’re already a success! If this is is one of your first attempts at headstand, you might even want to fold your mat in half for a little more cushion.
2. Place hands together on floor in a “basket” grip.
There are a lot of different ways to place your hands during headstand, but the basket grip method seems to really resonate with most beginners.
3. Put forearms & elbows down to the ground.
Once your fingers are comfortably laced, it’s time for proper arm placement. Put your forearms and elbows to the ground. Your arms will ultimately end up forming a triangle, the elbows forming the “base," shoulder-width apart, 6-12 inches from where your knees touch the ground.
4. Lower your head to the ground.
Many people find it most comfortable to place the crown of their head to the ground, but that’s not the case for everyone. It might take you a few tries before you figure out what you like best.
5. Snuggle the back of your head into the basket grip.
Here’s where that basket grip comes in handy! This hand position is much more comfortable and provides more support for novices.
6. Straighten your legs.
Start moving out of the kneeling position by straightening your legs and raising your hips to the sky. At this point, it will feel similar to being in dolphin pose.
7. Start aligning your body.
Keeping your arms and head where they are, start to tiptoe forward until your hips are stacked over your shoulders, shoulders stacked over your head.
8. Raise your legs.
Start raising one leg up into the sky, followed by the other leg. When you’re first starting out, you might need to hop lightly off the floor or even get into tuck position before extending your legs to the sky.
9. Keep going!
Slowly and steadily continue to extend both legs to the sky while keeping core, glutes, and thighs tight.
10. Straighten body, keep core tight & pelvis tucked.
Ta-da! You’re in a supported headstand! Make sure to engage your muscles, keeping your body tight and strong. Stay there as long as you feel comfortable, and then gently lower your legs back down toward the ground.
Tips to Staying Balanced in Supported Headstand
Staying balanced can be tricky, especially when you’re getting acquainted with being upside down. Here’s some pro-tips!
- Remember to breathe!
- Keep more of your weight in your arms and shoulders, and less on your head.
- Think about elongating your neck rather than scrunching it up.
- Be prepared to fall, but don’t be afraid - those wobbles are your best teachers.
- Gooooooooo slowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.
Tips for Launching into Supported Headstand
One day, you’ll be able to raise your legs into the sky no problem! Don’t be discouraged if it takes a long time before you get there.
- Practice against a wall! This way if you topple over, you don’t have far to go.
- Work on your core strength. A strong core will do wonders for yoga practice all around.
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Wellness Cleanse and Fitness Bootcamp!
Whether you are interested in a new physical challenge, or looking to kickstart a lifestyle change; this program is designed to fully reboot the body, mind, and spirit.
The cleanse is designed to prepare the mind and body for the bootcamp and is completely customizable to your own personal goals and unique schedule.
- 3 Day Cleanse begins 3/8
- 5 Day Cleanse beings 3/6
- 7 Day Cleanse begins 3/4
- 10 Day Cleanse begins 3/1
New to the idea of cleansing? Not a problem!
Join us Saturday, March 3 at 11:30am for a Nutritional Workshop
We'll spend the morning discussing cleansing techniques and preparing you with information on how to create and sustain healthy eating habits. We'll also learn how to use food as fuel, track meals and workouts, as well as share ideas, tricks, and motivational pieces to help make the most out of the cleanse!
3/12 - 3/31
Challenge and strengthen your mind, body, and spirit. Boost energy, build confidence, and renew your vitality with a community of like-minded people all working toward the same goal of becoming the best version of themselves day in and day out.
The bootcamp will consist of motivating and empowering 6 a.m. workouts Monday thru Friday, and an invigorating 7 a.m. workout on Saturdays. Sundays we rest :)
Bootcamp starts with a 'FitTest' to see where we are mentally, physically, emotionally. This allows for a baseline from which we can set goals, milestones, and track progress. We'll wrap up the bootcamp with that same FitTest to see how far we have come in the 21 days!
*$50 to reserve your spot! Sign up under the ‘enrollment tab’ of MBO and select "Early Bird" pricing to place your initial payment (Remainder is due by March 1st!)
It won't be easy, but it will be worth it!
Free to Participate!
The goal of this challenge is to continue the energy of the new year by staying active in the practice of self-care. How? By exploring all types of self-care over the next 28 days. Challenge yourself to complete 16 different classes throughout the month of February, and track them on your LOVEyourSELF Challenge card!
Completion of this challenge makes you eligible to win a FREE spot in our upcoming
FLEX Spring Clean : Wellness Cleanse and Boot Camp.
How it Works:
- Make the commitment to LOVEyourSELF!
- Grab a challenge card from the front desk
- Track your class progress! Have your instructor sign off on every challenge space once it has been completed
- HAVE FUN!
To up the ante, we've added some new classes to our February schedule!
SUNDAY 5:00pm HOT YOGA with Kayce
SUNDAY 5:30pm ZEN Candlelight Barre with Michelle
MONDAY 5:00pm Finding Harmony with GENTLE Flow with Leslie
WEDNESDAY 7:30pm Restoration + Meditation
SATURDAY 9:50am FREE Guided Meditation with Cassie
(following 8:45am yoga)
SATURDAY 11:05am FREE AB LAB with Sarah
(following 10:15am barre)
FLEX Spring Clean : Wellness Cleanse and Boot Camp
Boot Camp comes in March! FLEX Boot Camp will include:
- Nutrition Workshop
-1 week wellness cleanse
-3 weeks of an all out HELLACIOUS good time getting your butt kicked in a 6am, hour long, full body workout 6 days a week
-inspiration to challenge and transform your mind, body and spirit
More Boot Camp info to follow!
Please join us for a FREE Holiday Healing Bonus
Vin + Meditation Class!
December 24th at 10:15am with Kayce Sol
Bring family, friends, neighbors... or someone who might benefit from some Holiday relaxation!
SIGN UP NOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT!
Vinyasa Flow with DJ Rico SOL
11/1 at 7:30pm
Donation Based Class!
Join us for an evening of awesome flows and vibes! 7:30pm on Wednesday, 11/1
BLOSSOM VINYASA kick starts our 21 day Pre Holiday Challenge and is a sure to be an exciting and exhilarating experience!
This is a donation based class -- pay what you can (suggested $5 donation), or bring in a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Colorado Food Bank of the Rockies!
Space is limited
Sign Up Online to Reserve Your Spot!
New to Yoga? Or have a friends or family members who might be curious about trying yoga for the first time?
This series is the perfect place to start!
We are thrilled to offer our 4 class series YOGA: SEEDS TO BLOSSOM designed for those seeking a strong foundation of the basic poses (asanas) found in our FLEX yoga classes.
Our intention is to provide those new to yoga with an understanding of the breath, how it links movement and correct alignment, and provide appropriate modifications. This will give you tools and confidence to attend classes while safely able to modify or adjust according to your own personal practice.
All are welcome. Come blossom with us!
The 4 week series includes:
• 20% discount on all full-priced retail items in the studio during the series
• $25 off your first 10 pack of classes
• FLEX Water bottle
Sunday, 9/10, we are offering TWO donation based classes! 9:00am Barre and 9:00am Yoga classes - come get your Sunday FLEX on while supporting those affected by the recent damage from Hurricane Harvey. We will be providing FREE CHILDCARE, so bring the whole family! You can sign up online to reserve your space or just show up on Sunday morning! Donation of $20 is suggested but anything helps! We hope to see you here ♥
9:00am Barre with Maggie
9:00am Vinyasa with Kayce
You can fly, you can fly, you can FLY!
Fear of falling? Failing? Or maybe just craving the courage to TRY?!?
Set fear aside and experience the exhilaration of learning to F L Y.
Arm balances are tough. And finding the time to work on them can be even harder. Which is exactly we have created the LEARN TO FLY workshop!
Over the course of 3 Saturdays, we will work to develop both spirit and strength as we explore the mechanics and integrity that form the basis for arm balances and inversions. Whether you are just starting your journey or looking to elevate your current practice, these workshops will provide you with the foundational elements essential in order to safely shift your perspective AND your confidence when it comes to the possibility of balancing on your hands.
We're so excited to announce some new additions to our schedule! Check out our new instructors, and our new classes!
Michela’s teaching style focuses on both alignment and muscle engagement as she believes each barre class has the potential to show students their limit, building both physical and mental strength. Having practiced barre for six years and yoga for four with certifications in both specialties, Michela guides her students to understanding their own correct anatomical alignment to boost key muscles that will positively affect daily activities outside of the studio. Michela is originally from a small town Minden, Nevada but has moved through Colorado, California and Italy for the past 12 years. With a degree in psychology and a love for fitness, she is passionate about the connection between physical and mental health. She feels most at home in the mountains, road biking, traveling, exploring new restaurants in Denver, cooking and spending time with family and friends
Join Michela Thursday mornings at 7:00am for HOT Barre
Taylor is a certified instructor in Power Vinyasa and Acrovinyasa, who has been teaching for almost two years. Her yoga journey began nearly 5 years ago when she stumbled into a free Vinyasa class. What started as a foreign and strange practice became her outlet for overcoming difficulties with body image and an overall unhealthy and unhappy lifestyle. Seeing how powerfully transformative the practice of yoga is, first hand, is what lead Taylor to seek out teaching it to others. The challenge, focus, and energizing atmosphere of Power Vinyasa ultimately led her to try Acro Yoga. Linking her grounded Vinyasa practice to acrobatics and a new level of interconnectivity with others lead her to a deep well of passion for this dance with gravity. Taylor was then inspired to travel to Indonesia to complete her 100hr Acrovinyasa training with YogaBeyond. Her travels led her to live abroad in Australia, teaching Power Vinyasa and Acrovinyasa. She is happy to be back home, and eager to share all of her knowledge of yoga and Acro Yoga with the community in Denver.
Taylor will be teaching Power Vinyasa (heated) at 6:00am Tuesday mornings and 5:00pm on Wednesday evenings!
Michelle is a Chicago native who left the windy city to seek out the mountainscapes of Colorado. Like so many who practice intentional exercises, Michelle first practiced yoga to find grounding and purpose for her inner life and as a way to balance the demands of her career in non-profit development. Michelle is mission driven, and ten years of yoga have helped her bring the fulfillment of purposeful work to a purposeful personal life as well.
Michelle tried Barre in Denver and knew from her very first class that she’d found a unique kind of magic. Barre harnessed the focus of yoga, combined with the challenge and intensity that gave her drive. She saw the positive results of Barre physically, but also mentally and emotionally as well. Michelle believes a workout should be fun and engaging for both the mind and the body, and her Barre practice has provided her both. She was inspired to complete Lindsey Long’s 50 hour PodBarre training here in Denver and knows that this is the beginning of a long journey of deepening her Barre practice.
Outside of the studio, you can find Michelle at an outdoor concert, hiking in Boulder, playing with her nephews at the park, and reading at the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation, where she currently works.
Find Michelle at FLEX Barre 6:15pm on Tuesdays and 6:00am Fridays!
Growing up in a tiny town in West Virginia, I moved to Denver after spending a weekend at Red Rocks shows. The moment I returned back East after my vacation, I felt a part of my soul calling me back, and soon thereafter the Mile High City became my home. It is here where yoga found a way into my life as a different method of getting a good workout, and with that came an added, and unbeknownst to me, bonus of staying grounded (a fancy way, in my mind, to say ‘staying sane’). The feeling that I get each time I return to my mat is almost impossible to put into words, which is why I hope to share it with others through teaching. We all come to our mat with our own, different objective or purpose, but I aim to take it one step further and teach from a place of getting what we didn’t know we came for. I’m a go-with-the-flow (no pun intended) kind of gal, and I bring that energy to each of my classes. Prepare to get sweaty, groove to some funky tunes, and most definitely hear some corny jokes as we share our practice together!
Start your weekend with Danica Fridays at 5:45pm Power Vinyasa + Brews!
JOIN US FOR DEMO DAY!
FEBRUARY 25TH, 2017
Are you interested in teaching yoga or barre?
Well, we just so happen to be looking for awesome yoga and barre instructors to join our team!
FLEX Yoga + Barre is holding open auditions for the following classes:
- Pre/Post Natal Yoga
- Power Vinyasa
- Gentle Vinyasa
- Cardio Barre
Send an email to email@example.com with 'DEMO DAY!' in the subject line, or fill out the form below to schedule a demo time.
Come prepared with 20 MINUTE demo of the class you'd like to teach!
Join us for our second annual Yoga Mala celebration!
At 11:08am on New Year’s Day, Cassie will guide us in a yoga mala that is part salutation (movement) and part japa (chanting) -- an experience that will surely be unforgettable. Start 2017 off with the intention to connect deeper to yourself, your community, and to the idea that peace is attainable for everyone.
This 90-minute, donation class will consist of 108 sun salutations or moving meditations, and is a powerful way to welcome in a new beginning. The sun salutation itself is made up of 9 postures linked together in vinyasa fashion- connected by the breath. This is a fantastic way to get blood flowing and serves as a form of cleansing; creating a sense of renewal and preparing oneself for a new practice, new day, and new period of life.
Bring your mala or borrow/purchase one for the event
Kombucha toast as we finish!
Back By Popular Demand!
You asked, we listened. We are bringing back our 8 week Intro to Bellydancing series!
Every Tuesday at 7:30pm
March 7th - April 25th
Belly dancing enhances self-expression and self-confidence. Through dancing, we can learn to love and appreciate our bodies exactly as they are, while becoming stronger and more flexible at the same time. No previous dance experience is needed. All ability levels, shapes and sizes are welcomed and encouraged!
This past weekend, FLEX Yoga + Barre had the extreme pleasure of sponsoring Yoga Rocks the Park at Sunken Gardens.
Yoga Rocks the Park is a free/by donation outdoor yoga event supporting Food Bank of the Rockies.
Our very own Cassie Silvia led the most amazing guided meditation, followed by a challenging, and inspiring vinyasa flow led by Kayce Berke accompanied by the musical stylings of DJ Rico Sol. It was a fantastic morning to say the least, filled with excitement, exploration, laughter and love.
Thank you to those who joined and helped make this event an absolute highlight to our summer!
Attention: Five Points Area Businesses
Wednesday, January 13 * 2-4pm
2736 Welton Street, #200
Craft Beer selections provided by Spangalang Brewery
Light appetizers provided by Zivix Catering
The dust has settled, all the packages have been opened, out-of-town family returned home, and those New Years Resolutions made. We are hosting a tour of our newly renovated studio and networking with fellow area business owners.
SEE YOU THERE!
Join us for Plank-a-Day December!
Starting December 1st through December 31st --join us for 1 minute of plank a day. Check our facebook, instagram, and twitter for the daily plank workout. If you post one picture a week (5 for the month) of your plank and tag FLEX Yoga + Barre you'll win an awesome FLEX water bottle. All non-posted planks are on the honor system.
Do it for the fun! Do it for the strength! And, hey, that water bottle is way cool, too
Join us as we team up with Re-Generate for a night filled with yoga, breath, inspiration, and movement!
OCTOBER 26, 2015 | 7:30PM-9:00PM