Introduction to the Handstands
Learn simple yet highly effective techniques for entering into your handstand with attention, breath and confidence. These exercises are designed to help you develop your strength and attention one simple step at a time. The class is open to all levels, from beginners to advanced. Even those who have never attempted a handstand before!
We'll explore the handstands quickly throughout the class and can accommodate those with a more advanced practice if necessary. No prior handstand experience is necessary just a willingness to learn.
The handstand techniques go back to the early 1900's when Carlos' teacher Kumar Pallana began his practice at the age of 6 in a small village outside of Mumbai, India. Kumar quickly learned the techniques and was known as the master of the handstands by the age of 13. He went on to become one of the top acrobatic entertainers in the world and performed at the Moulin Rouge and other stages around the world. He was a regular featured guest on the Ed Sullivan Show, You Asked For It, Captain Kangaroo, The Mickey Mouse Club, and much more. He also performed at Frank Sinatra's birthday and one of Sammy Davis Jr.'s weddings.
Most recently Kumar was featured in several films including Wes Anderson's "Bottlerocket", Steven Spielberg's "The Terminal" and many others. His entire life Kumar brought his yogic practices into the mix as he inspired others with his teachings, stories, and techniques. Kumar passed away at the age of 94.
Carlos Mendez has taught his handstand/yoga workshops in over 10 countries around the world and has been teaching for over 12 years. His yoga journey began after he quit his job one day with no plans to see what this "yoga" stuff was about. That road lead him down an interesting path that included yoga, juggling, travel, and handstands.