Lolasana (Pendant) Yoga Pose Drills Choreographed to The Chordettes “Lollipop”

Lolasana Pendant Yoga Pose

The full Lolasana (Pendant) yoga pose should have knees lifted about armpit height… HA!!!

What is my current least favorite yoga pose?  HANDS DOWN: Lolasana, or Pendant pose.  It’s just one of those poses that “looks” like something I should be able to do, but then when I go to try it, I press down on my hands and oh, it is SO heavy… why do my legs NOT lift off the floor???  FAIL.  I only recently discovered this pose on Instagram 7 weeks ago, and after several attempts, I was able to lift up probably a milimeter off the floor for just about a second.  It was tough!!!  So after that Instagram post, I went back to pretending Lolasana pose did not exist.

Well, if you have been working on Press Handstands like me, then at one point or another, you will need to face Lolasana pose because it is completely related to learning how to control floating up and down in presses.  ARGH.  So here I am now… ready to commit to working on Lolasana everyday.  What better way to practice then to create a silly choreographed routine that works on Lolasana drills???  Lolasana, Lollipop…yeah, sounds similar enough.

Some tips before you get started:

  1. Invest in some good sturdy blocks (NOT the cheap, flimsy, thin, terrible 2.5 inch width foamy ones I’m using – as you’ll soon see why!!!).  I literally just purchased these Clever Yoga Blocks on Amazon after I made the video because they were the highest rated!  I’ll let you know how they are!
  2. If you’re just starting out, place the blocks on the highest height, and then work to the middle height, lowest height, and eventually hands on the floor the whole time!
  3. Don’t forget to stretch out your wrists before and after.
  4. Yes, the toes are supposed to be pointed back and you are on the tops of your feet.  This automatically forces you to focus on putting LESS weight on the feet (ouch ankles!) and MORE weight into your arms and deep CORE!  Oh yeah!
  5. Enjoy!  This routine BURNS.  Do you feel it???

Handstand Challenge June 2015

Handstands During Power Yoga Class at Marin Power Yoga

June Goal: Work on holding a handstand longer.

For the month of June, I set a personal challenge to try and hold a handstand as long as I could using a wall for support.  I timed myself on Day 1, June 1st, and got 1:44.  I will try doing a handstand everyday (rest days allowed!) and see if my time improves by June 30th.  We’ll see!!!

Here is some inspiration – In just 6 days, look at some of the improvements in time held:

Karisa – 0:16 to 0:24

Erika – 0:57 to 1:11

Jamie – 1:05 to 1:16

Danuta – 0:40 to 1:30

Lizzy – 1:26 to 1:39

Andrea – 2:00 to 2:14

Jill – 1:53 to 2:17

SO proud of these individuals!!!  If any of you want to join us, it’s not too late!!!  Still plenty of days left in June to work on your handstand!  You can do this challenge by yourself and keep track of your time, or if you need a little accountability, join my Handstand Challenge June 2015 Group in Facebook or follow me on Instagram @gracelingyu!

Happy Handstanding!!!

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UPDATE 7/1/15:

Well, got to be honest and say that it was TOUGH getting through the month trying to beat my times!!!  It is such a mental game and by the end of the month, I had all these little “tricks” to help me.  For example, I learned:

* what time of the day was the best for me (usually mid-afternoon a few hours after lunch).

* Also, I made sure to warm up before each handstand and stretch out my wrists because that would make a big difference.

* Finally, I learned I could not look at my stopwatch until the end or else I would get discouraged… imagine reading “30 seconds” and then thinking, “Oh, great, I need to hold it for 2 more minutes?!?!”  So instead, I actually closed my eyes and counted in my head.  At first it was to 100, then 200, then 300, eventually I would speed count to 400 before I “allowed” myself to look at the stopwatch, and then I could mentally try to hold the handstand for the remaining 30 seconds or whatever.

In any case, the Handstand Challenge worked for those of us that truly stuck with it…

I improved from Day 1: 1 minute 44 seconds to Day 30: 2 minutes 50 seconds!!!  The most improvement was by one of my students, Danuta, who improved from Day 1: 40 seconds to Day 30: 3 minutes!!!  Pretty incredible!  Until next time!!!