My Yoga Pose goal for next year is going to be a handstand without the aid of the wall behind me. I started doing handstands probably 4 years ago. This was the first time I’d been in a handstand EVER, but I only really started concentrating on them since starting the YogaJak classes. Before this it was something that I did, upon request (in a Yoga Class) but wouldn’t just have ‘a go’ at home or wherever. When I was a kid at school the boys were all playing cops n robbers or cowboys and Indians, the girls were all doing handstands. I should have joined in with the girls as you have no fear when you’re a kid. I’d have just got stuck in and popped up no worries. As you age though you tend to look at things first and then make the call on whether it’s a good thing or not. I didn’t think it was a good thing!! If you’ve ever tried to do a handstand you’ll know that the hardest part, in the beginning is getting up. There’s certain little things that you need to do which make it easier and obviously, practice makes perfect. There’s also certain alignments and rotations (of the shoulders) that you need to be aware of. Once you’re up, your next goal is to see if you can get your feet off the wall for a bit of ‘glide time’. This is where I am now. I like the feeling of knowing the wall is there behind me, to support me, should I need it, and I do need it, still. The main movement I need to be able to execute is called an, ‘exit strategy’, it’s exactly what is says, a way of getting out of the pose without just falling into a heap on the floor and possibly damaging something. So the ‘exit strategy’, will be to do a cartwheel and elegantly (!) landing on my feet should I lose my balance and go over. First though, I need to learn how to do a cartwheel! Can you think of a pose that you’re keen on mastering? Make it a goal in class. Let me know what you’re focusing on and we can work towards it.