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The first Journey – Goal Setting & Networking – was held in Bristol – Dec 2018

The first Journey event was held on 5th Dec 2018 in Greenbank, Bristol. You can find the newest dates by visiting Circoplex.com/journey

Participants where presented with thought provoking questions about their life and given a few minutes to answer each question. 

After each set of questions, they were instructed to get into pairs and exchange their answers with a new person. 

Participants were asked to tell their experience at regular intervals, so they cood express how they felt about the process.

After 90 mins, the participants were asked to write what they would tell their younger self, and each person had a chance to read that out to the group.

Keep an eye or Circoplex.com and Instagram @benlowrey for the latest dates. 

Ben Lowrey
benlowrey@me.com
07747571426

Bristol Handstand Workshop Live at Dundry – by Ben Lowrey

This 60 minute Handstand Tutorial was filmed at Dundry Village Hall during a live workshop. Available now on Vimeo https://vimeo.com/ondemand/dundry

During this video, Ben Lowrey will explain and demonstrate many popular Handstand shapes and spotting techniques to the participants. You will hear people’s questions being answered throughout the video.

This video focuses on finding balance in different Handstand shapes whilst working in pairs. Wall exercises and stretching technique are not part of this tutorial.

Most of the participants are Yoga orientated, but some participants also have backgrounds in Dance, Circus, Gymnastics, and AcroYoga. It is recommended that you have at least 1 year of experience with Yoga or fitness before attempting to handstand.

This workshop is suitable for beginners but you should only attempt the exercises if you can already crow, headstand, and handstand against a wall for at least 10 seconds. It is recommended that you practise with a friend so you can spot each other safely.

This video will give you a glimpse into Ben Lowrey’s relaxed approach to teaching Handstands, and how he simplifies and demystifies the process.

Flexibility is very important and it is recommend that you attend yoga or stretch classes regularly to improve your overall flexibility. Mobile shoulders are the key to a straight handstand.

Buy now on Vimeo https://vimeo.com/ondemand/dundry

Workshop dates can be found at Circoplex.com and other tutorials can be found at Circoplex.tv

The Myth of Core Strength – Video Tutorial

WARNING: This video contains major TRUTH BOMBS which may cause your Yoga teacher to weep.

https://vimeo.com/296453577

For some reason, core strength gets used as the default answer to everything. There is a strange obsession around this topic which can feel a little cult-like at times. 

I have a mental image of hundreds of zombies with their arms outstretched saying “core… core….need more core”

As people become more masterful in a skill (Dance, Gymnastics, Hand-balancing) they tend to refer to “core strength” less frequently as they come to realise it’s just one of many factors which are all important. 

Standing normally does not require a great deal of core strength because the body weight is stacked vertically through the skeleton. A Handstand is no different, except it’s upside down.

Shoulder strength and shoulder mobility are much more important factors for Handstands.

The shoulders are the base of the handstand, and they bare the most burden.

Strength people (bodybuilders, climbers, crossfit) are often limited by tight shoulders (which won’t go straight with the spine) and this is what stops them from accomplishing a handstand. (See my tutorial on handstand shapes circoplex.com/videos)

What they need to do is to spend time stretching their shoulders back to improve their alignment. 

Flexible people are often unstable because they lack shoulder strength.

What they need to do is strengthen those shoulder to create a more stable handstand base.

Neither of those groups suffer from a lack of core strength. 

You may think the “press” to handstand is one move which DOES require core strength and you would still be wrong. (See my other tutorial on this circoplex.com/videos)

For UK Handstand Workshops & Special Events visit http://Circoplex.com

For Bristol Handstand Classes visit http://Circoplex.com/class

For more video tutorials visit http://Circoplex.com/videos

Handstand shapes explained – Video Tutorial

https://vimeo.com/295364795

This tutorial will explain why some handstand shapes are easier than others. 

It helps for us to identify the 3 most important angles: 

  1. Shoulders
  2. Spine
  3. Hips

There are very simple reasons why some handstand shapes are more comfortable than others. The more flexible you are, the more choice you will have about where to position your body. The tighter you are, the more limited those options will be.

In order to balance, your centre of gravity must be over your hands. If one part of your body is one way, another part of your body must counterbalance it by being in the opposite direction. 

Our body will tuck into a ball naturally, but it cannot open out into a back arch with the same ease. 

The shoulder angle and back bend are the major limiting factors in the shapes we can achieve.

If our legs tuck to our tummy in handstand, our bum will have to stick out in the opposite direction to counterbalance it, but in order to support that back arch, our shoulders/back will have to arch open, and a lack of flexibility may not allow that to happen. The result is, the tuck is not possible for people who are tight. 

If we let one or both legs hang over our head, the opposite will be true, this will be more comfortable for people with tight shoulders because it will counterbalance the closed shoulder angle.

When you begin, it’s easier to let your legs hang over the top. Point your toes so you don’t look like a jackass. 

Ben Lowrey

For UK Handstand Workshops & Special Events visit http://Circoplex.com

For Bristol Handstand Classes visit http://Circoplex.com/class

For more video tutorials visit http://Circoplex.com/videos

Two best drills for learning Handstand – Video Tutorial

The aim of this video tutorial is to provide the simplest drills to learn how to handstand.

The main components are

  1. Controlled entry into the handstand
  2. Balance once you’re there

These two exercises will help you progress in both of those, in the simplest + safest way possible. When you combine the two, you will be able to kick up and hit your handstand balance. 

It’s important to feel enjoyment + satisfaction + progress in our hobbies. 

Without some gratification, our interest quickly dwindles and we are likely to give up. 

The reality is, most people are not going to spend hours and hours per day doing the gruelling conditioning of a professional circus Handbalancer or a competitive gymnast. 

Do you want the perfect set of professional handstand drills that you’re NOT going to do, or do you want a few simple exercises that you WILL do? 

Most of us will be content with a nice handstand, that we can perform in Yoga class or in front of our friends. 

These two exercises will get you there. 

Ben Lowrey

For UK Handstand Workshops & Special Events visit http://Circoplex.com

For Bristol Handstand Classes visit http://Circoplex.com/class

For more video tutorials visit http://Circoplex.com/videos

Handstand Teacher Ben Lowrey – photo shoot at Chew Valley Lake – Bristol

October 2018, the sun came out for a few days and there was a perfect opportunity for a photo shoot.

I teach my weekly handstand classes in Bristol on Monday and Friday, and I occasionally run workshops at Jon Maggs’ gym, JM Fitness Chew Valley Crossfit.

I went to Chew Valley School, class of 1999. And this site was also the site of my Sister in Law Georgia Bryant’s funeral, only a week ago.

Whilst I was there I recorded 3 new Handstand Tutorials which will appear here.

I intend to visit Chew Valley more often from now on.

Ben Lowrey

Handstand transitions for Yoga – Video Tutorial

It feels great to float from downward dog to forward fold whilst practising Yoga, which is why I created this short video to give you some exercises to work on.

As with most movements – a combination of strength and flexibility is required. If you have less of one, you will need more of the other to make up the difference.

People with great shoulder mobility and forward fold will be able to position their weight nicely over their hands without relying so much on strength, and people with very strong shoulders will be able to use brute force to support their bodyweight without relying so much on form or alignment. 

Any time your arms leave the vertical position and lean forward (planching forward) then shoulder strength will be required to support that lean.

For UK Handstand Workshops & Special Events visit http://Circoplex.com

For Bristol Handstand Classes visit http://Circoplex.com/class

For more video tutorials visit http://www.Circoplex.tv

Bristol Handstand Classes – Wildgoose Space BS2 9YP – MoveGB or drop-in

A new weekly Handstand Class will be held at 5:30pm-6:30pm every Friday At The Wildgoose Space, BS2 9YP. The location may appear on google as Ashley Vale Action Group, or The Yard. 

The class is suitable for Yoga & Fitness people and is suitable for beginners and all abilities.

The class is available on MoveGB or you can drop-in for £7

Ben Lowrey has been teaching handstands since 2015. full class information and videos can be found on the main class page Circoplex.com/class

Please come to reception, then walk all the way down the long corridor and you will find a dance studio on the left.

For UK Handstand Workshops & Special Events visit http://Circoplex.com

For Bristol Handstand Classes visit http://Circoplex.com/class

For more video tutorials visit http://www.Circoplex.com/videos

Bristol Handstand Classes – City Academy BS5 9JH – MoveGB or Drop-in

A new weekly Handstand Class will be held at 6pm-7pm every Monday in the Dance Studio at City Academy Bristol.

The class is suitable for Yoga & Fitness people and is suitable for beginners and all abilities.

The class is available on MoveGB or you can drop-in for £7

Ben Lowrey has been teaching handstands since 2015. full class information and videos can be found on the main class page Circoplex.com/class

Please come to reception, then walk all the way down the long corridor and you will find a dance studio on the left.

For UK Handstand Workshops & Special Events visit http://Circoplex.com

For Bristol Handstand Classes visit http://Circoplex.com/class

For more video tutorials visit http://www.Circoplex.com/videos