Trika Yoga Handstand Workshop – Southville Bristol BS3

Finally our first handstand workshop at the fantastic Trike Yoga Studios – Bristol – is scheduled! 

15th April 2017 10:30am-12:00pm. 

I first became aware of Charlene – the owner of Trike Yoga – when I started seeing her photos popping up on Instagram. Here posts really stood out, and the quality and professionalism of her yoga practise was clear. 

It took me a while to finally visit Trika and meet Charlene for the first time, I attended a Vinyasa Flow class using MoveGB. 

The studio is white and bright, and has a minimalistic and clean style. There is two studios, a smaller one, and a larger room which we will use for the handstand workshop. 

My handstand classes / workshops are very popular within the yoga community. Although I’m not a yoga teacher, I do attended 4-5 yoga classes per week, as well as gymnastics, dance, capoerira, and my own hand balancing practise.

This will be a 90 minute workshop in which we focus entirely on Handstands, yoga Inversions, and strength drills to contribute to long term handstand stability. 

If you would like to book, find the booking links here

My weekly Handstand Classes can be found here

Photos by @charlenelim @trikayoga

Ben Lowrey


Broga at Bristol City Yoga. It’s Yoga, but not just for Bro’s!

I’ve been attending Ashley Russell’s Broga class for 2 months now and instantly got hooked.

It’s held at Bristol City Yoga on a Tuesday night and is available on MoveGB.

Like all people who attend Broga, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Was it going to be super difficult?  Was it going to be like a fitness circuit? Was it going to resemble normal yoga at all?

I was pleasantly surprised. Broga is challenging in all the right ways, fun in all the right ways, contains good amounts stretching to feel like you are progressing in your flexibility, and is definitely a yoga class in its format.

Broga is the exact opposite of the stereotypical ‘gentle’ yoga class which people fear they will have to yawn through. It’s perfectly entertaining.

What’s perhaps most surprising about it is its populated with the normal amount of females you would expect to see in any normal yoga class, and the usual 25% or Bros! Ashley has a great sense of humour and makes everybody feel welcome.

The idea behind Broga is very simple, it’s intended to make men feel welcome in the world of yoga.

You can find Ashley’s class info here 

I teach MoveGB Handstand Classes in Bristol and Strength + Inversion Workshops around the UK

You can find my website here

Ben Lowrey 

Handstand Classes at Wilder Studios in Stokes Croft Bristol – MoveGB

When I asked people what was the nicest Dance / Yoga Studio in Bristol, they unanimously replied “Wilder Street Studios”.

I must agree, it has a calm and peaceful atmosphere. I’ve enjoyed many dance evenings there. Something about the combination of  natural light, generous space, plants, and mirrors, gives it a balanced feel. 

I decided this was the perfect place to put on a new Handstand Class at 4:30pm every Tuesday. The class is listed MoveGB, or non-MoveGB members can drop in for £7.

I am optimistic that this will a popular! My showstopper handstand class is a fun class designed to progress students towards a solid and confident handstand.

We will work on a wide range of exercises designed to progress flexibility, strength, endurance, alignment and balance.

We will work in pairs to spot each other and also against the wall to develop a confident and controlled entry into the handstand.

The class is enjoyable and interactive and there is plenty of opportunity to work in pairs and meet new people. Many people find the journey towards handstand very addictive.

Fitness people will find this class useful to challenge themselves in new ways which are not part of the normal weighting & strength routines.

Yoga, Pole, Dance & Circus people will find this class useful to progress their stability and find ways to incorporate hand-balance into their routines.

We will also practise different leg shape positions as well as walking and cartwheeling into the handstand.

The class is popular with people from a range of different backgrounds including Yoga, Circus, Fitness, Pole, Capoeira, Break Dance.

Beginners are welcome, suitable exercises will be given to challenge each individual’s abilities.

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions.

Is the workshop suitable for beginners? Yes, so long as you can hold a
plank and a downward dog for 30 seconds each, you have enough body
strength for a handstand. Being able to hold a handstand against a wall
for at least 10 seconds is another good measure.

Is it suitable for people who can already handstand? Yes. Many of my
students have a gymnastic background, or are advanced Yogis who have
already mastered handstand to some degree. I will adapt the class to challenge whoever is present. It’s very rare for people to leave my class

Can children attend? Not really. It is an adult class. Teenagers who are
big enough to spot an adult are welcome to attend but I would prefer 15 as
a minimum age.

What should people wear? Normal comfortable gym/yoga clothes is

Do we work on other inversions besides handstand? Yes we will

spend a bit of time on forearm-stand, headstand, and crow variations

because they are relevant and fun and challenging, but most of the class
will be spent on handstand.

Can you really fill a 90 minute workshop with just handstands? Yes.
There is a lot to work on. Flexibility, Strength, Balance. We work in pairs to
spot each other and there is a lot of different exercises we will practise.

The class is very fast paced and 90 minutes flys by. People are often surprised at how challenging it is.  

What type of Handstand is it? Circus Handbalancing. We will train in the
way a professional Circus Handbalancer would train. Yoga, Capoeira,

Crossfit, Gymnastics, Break dance, all approach handstands in different
ways. The strictest form is Circus Handbalancing. 

You can view a short video on this page 

A 20 minute handstand tutorial is available to newsletter subscribers.