It’s only week 3 and people are showing increasing interest in the MoveGB handstand class at Bubalu on Gloucester Road! Most participants attend for free as part of their MoveGB membership but anybody is welcome to drop in for £5.
People usually develop an interest in handstands for a variety of different reasons. There are a number of prominent public Yoga figures on YouTube such as Kino MacGregor who regularly show us what is possible and this inspires people to want to incorporate handbalancing into their own yoga practise.
Some people wish to incorporate handstands into their crossfit & functional fitness tournaments. There is an increasing expectation for people to develop a variety of full body abilities and many have seen the world’s top competitors doing long walks on their hands and are keen to emulate this themselves.
Some people are interested in calisthenics and “bar work” which is a street form of gymnastics bar skills.
Some find handstands through Capoaera and Break Dancing. These players tend to be more intuitive and flowing in their abilities but they often lack the strict form and body tension required to hold a stationary straight handstand. They often make up for it with impressive flowing spinning movements as they dance in and out and through handstands.
I found handstands through the Circus Acrobatics route. Bristol has a thriving circus scene not least because of Circomedia but also because of other performance collectives such as the Invisable Circus and countless other groups.
I began attending handstand classes in June 2013 and eventually moved into a house with other professional circus acrobats who heavily influenced my training style. I have always been keen to pursue strict form and achcieve a stable straight handstand.
“Hand balancing” is the formal name of a circus handstand performer. A hand balancer might typically perform a routine which lasts several minutes, often on canes, and might include walking on their hands, going on to one arm, and moving in and out of different body positions whilst being on their hands. In some cases they may be on their hands for minutes at a time without even resting.
Whatever the reason you are curious about handstands, the class is suitable for beginners so why not come along and try it out. If you have enough strength to hold a plank or downward dog for 30 seconds then the chances are you have enough upper body strength for a handstand.
Showstopper Handstand Class – 2pm every Sunday at Bubalu, Gloucester rd. Bristol. Uk.