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Digital Subscriptions > OM Yoga Magazine > May 2017 > MAN ON THE MAT: WITH JAKE WHITE


Hollowback Handstand


This is primarily an advanced strength and balance pose, and also stretches the anterior torso. In order to come into this posture, the gaze will need to be shifted from between the thumbs, through the arms, drawing the chin to the chest, taking the gaze up. This will allow for a greater opening of the chest and also extension of the spine. This opening of the chest will create a counter balance of weight for the lower portion of the body, as you move deeper into the posture. This posture can be challenging, as it requires a high level of proprioception. Inversions reverse the blood flow in the body and help improve circulation, increasing immunity and preventing illness by stimulating the thymus glad. This posture gives us a chance to develop our proprioception and our balance, giving us a greater sense of confidence in our inversion practices. Due to the unique shape of the hollow back, it brings many physical benefits including opening up the shoulders and chest, and encouraging length in the iliopsoas and abdominals. This posture also strengthens and encourages mobility in the wrists, and improves dexterity in the fingers.

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Welcome to the May issue of OM Yoga & Lifestyle magazine. This month, we’ve got a big report looking at all things mindfulness. It’s timely and it’s never been more popular, the mindfulness movement is sweeping the land. And for good reason too: many believe that it offers an antidote to the stress of modern day living and today’s culture of being permanently switched on. For yoga fans, the benefits of mindfulness are nothing new, of course. It’s an intrinsic part of the practice, tuning in to the body, softening and quieting the mind to experience the moment and find the flow. Beauty is all around us if we only take a moment to stop and appreciate it. Start right now. Take a deep breath and pause before you dive into OM. Have a magical month, folks, and I hope to see you on the mat real soon.