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.