Saturday 20th January



This workshop will be run by Gemma Crickmore.

Learn the key tools and techniques required to hold a free-standing handstand without the support of the wall.

Handstands can takes years to perfect – this workshop is a great way for you to make that start or refine your existing skills.

This workshop will equip you with the foundations and technical knowledge required to start an effective and informed handstand practice which you can then use at home or in class – with consistent and steady practice comes a deeper understanding and confidence in being upside down.

This workshop is open to those of all abilities, from those looking to find their first handstand to those looking to lengthen their free-standing hold.

All the tools and techniques are progressive, ensuring that everyone will take something away from the afternoon.

We will focus on:

  1. Preparing the body for handstands
  2. Injury prevention in handstands
  3. Mobility in handstand:
  4. Handstand specific alignment, including a complete breakdown of the:
  • Gaze
  • Breath
  • Pelvic alignment
  • Thoracic alignment
  • Shoulder alignment
  • Wrist alignment
  • Grip
  • Alignment of the lower body

This session is ideal for those that are looking to expand and further their inversion practice.

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Advancing Ashtanga
Julia Knight

Julia Knight.


What my classes are like
My classes aim to help students find mental and physical balance and stability with a focus on alignment and breathing. I also like to incorporate deeply meditative and grounding practices to calm and nourish the body.

My journey into yoga
I discovered and fell in love with yoga as a teenager; my first teacher was an inspirational Iyengar Yoga teacher who helped me form a dedicated practice. Since then I’ve maintained a regular practice to keep the balance and energy in my life whilst being a parent, a teacher and to cope with the everyday stresses and strains of modern life that we all have.

My study and credentials
I became 200-hour qualified yoga teacher back in 2008 with Brian Cooper at Yoga Alliance and later became a Chartered Level 2 qualified teacher. I’ve also learnt Ashtanga with Tim Feldman and Yin Yoga with Liz Stephenson-Payne which has broadened my perspective on the possibilities and philosophy of yoga. I have been very lucky to study with the founder of the Yin Meridian approach to yoga; Sarah Powers and take part in a 5 day Yoga Alliance certified Yin immersion with Norman Blair. I will continue developing my anatomical knowledge with Julie Gudmersall and embark on a yoga intensive with the International teacher Donna Farhi. I also plan to expand my interest in Nada (sound meditation) with an introduction to sound therapy with Kath Reade.