Handstand Fundamentals - Get to know Ashley & Dustin!

We are so excited to host a Handstand Fundamentals workshop with our friends Ashley Dance & Dustin Del Rio on June 16! If you've ever wanted to learn to stand on your hands or want to strengthen your pose register now! Learn a little more about Ashley and Dustin, as well as what they'll do in class, below!

How long have you been practicing yoga? What about handstands?
Ashley has been teaching a weekly yoga class for 4 years. Dustin has only done yoga a handful of times, but has refocused his training in the past year to incorporate more mobility and flexibility training. He plans to start doing some yoga weekly to help with his mobility training.

Ashley has been handstanding since she was 5 years old, so a total of 25 years of handstand practice under her belt! Dustin has been practicing handstands for the past 3 years. His interest in partner acrobatics and calisthenics training both heavily rely on the handstand as the foundation.

Are you excited to teach with Steadfast & True Yoga?
We were invited to teach this workshop by Gillian, which means a lot to us because we really respect Gillian as a teacher, business owner, and a friend. Gillian is a great judge of talent and character and we know she wouldn’t just invite anyone to teach at Steadfast and true yoga. So we feel very honored to be able to teach a workshop here.

Why do you want to teach this workshop? Why should people want to do handstands?
Handstands are probably the most fun skill we practice together and you can literally do them anywhere in any setting. The handstand is a great test of strength, body awareness, balance, and can cross over to help people be more aware of their bodies in other movement practices. The handstand is a life long practice, there is always a new shape to unlock, a new balance to control, and knowledge to be gained. You can spend a lifetime improving your handstand and still have more to learn.

What are some things you regularly see students struggling with in handstands?

  • Poor muscle tension in the handstand which can affect the shape.
  • Poor core engagement usually resulting in arching.
  • Closed shoulders which results makes it difficult to make it to a balanced handstand.
  • Fear of getting fully upside down and trusting their own strength.
  • Hand width and shoulder position off which can make it hard to straighten arms.
  • Body awareness upside down is always a challenge and takes practice.

How do you want a student to feel after this workshop?
We want students to walk away feeling comfortable on their hands, having a good  understanding of fundamental elements of a handstand. We also want them to be excited about finding their own handstand practice that inspires them to move for a lifetime.

What if I’m scared of falling over? What if I STILL can’t do a handstand?!
Part of this class will be focused on getting comfortable upside down, and part of that is teaching how to bail out of the handstand safely. It's ok if you don’t leave being able to do a handstand, you will still leave with many drills and progressions to work on and help you find your handstand later on.