Book and Video Series
I am so pleased to share my new book King of Asanas: Mastering Head Balance and Inversion Principles, with an associated video series. In the past I have had some students express fear, sometimes dread, towards this challenging upside-down posture. So it may seem like an unlikely choice that I use Head Balance as a foundational posture, as well as a gateway through which something magical and potent can happen in your yoga practice.
Studying the book and practicing the King of Asanas master series will take you on a journey—a journey where you acquire many skills and the strength needed to properly learn and execute Sirsasana. And, what is truly amazing, this work on Head Balance helps us to uncover the essential asana principles upon which all yoga postures are based.
It is worth defining what I mean by inversion. It is really simple—any posture where your belly is higher than your head is an inversion. One reason I point this out is to be clear that there are many basic postures that you already do that are inversions, but maybe you have not thought of them as such. Inversions include Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Posture), Padangusthasana (Both Big Toe Posture), Prasarita Padottanasana (Wide-Legged Standing Forward Bend Posture), Urdhva Dhanurasana (Upward Bow Posture) and others. My aim is for you to see these postures, and all inversions, differently, as more potent, worthy, fun and beneficial than you might have previously thought. Thus we must widen our idea of what constitutes an inversion.
Working with this material will improve, possibly even transform, your entire approach to yoga practice. I have taught this material to students for over two decades. I consider these instructions to be essential for a daily yoga practice. My aim with this book is for you to place more value on the inversion portion of your practice. In doing so, you will become more skilled at extracting the nectar of yoga knowledge from all your postures, whether you are upside down or right side up. Enjoy!