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Weekend workshop in San Francisco with a one-day option included.  
We will cover all things handstand with the option for some acrobatic work as well.

Participants are able to attend both days, but in general day one will be more beginner focused while day 2 will go into some more intermediate and advanced skillsets.  

Day 1
This day will break down the basic handstand in a progressive way so that participants can leave with a deeper understanding of the skill and how to streamline their practice.  The skills are also being approached from many different perspectives so students can have an easier time finding out what works best for them on an individual level.  
All levels are welcome and there are no prerequisites.  Intermediate or advanced practitioners my also find this useful with regards to refining the basics or learning different teaching cues.  
Topics covered will be:
-Physical preparation for the skill work to help tune your body to the practice and aid in injury prevention and longevity
-"Proper" Handstand alignment, what attributes are needed to achieve it, and how to improve it
-Arm support: learning how to use the body's skeletal structure as a solid base to help understand the handstand as a resting position
-Inversion.  Introducing the concept to to adults and how to separately build comfort in being upside down before attempting the handstand.  
-How to perform the wall handstand in a way that directly progresses towards freestanding balance.  
-Methods to bail the handstand safely on any surface.  This is the number one thing that adults who want to learn handstand need to grasp.  Once you know how to bail safely, it greatly reduces risk of injury and opens up new possibilities in the practice that otherwise would have been blocked by fear or psychological barrier.  
-Progressions to cultivate the sensation of what it is to actually balance the handstand.  
-Methods and details of the handstand entry to build confidence and consistency.  
-Concepts behind spotting a freestanding handstand to help promote balance and independence.  
-How to develop a solid freestanding handstand
-Different ways to save a falling handstand to develop greater versatility, awareness, strength, and help build towards more advanced skills.  
-The difference between static balance and walking on the hands, as well as the applications of both.  

Day 2:
Day 2 will focus mainly on intermediate and advanced handstand work with the option for more dynamic skills, acrobatics, or more strength and flexibility work.  It is recommended that participants are already able to perform a consistent 30 second handstand with decent form to be able to get more out of the workshop.  

-Physical preparation for shoulders, wrist, and lower body specific to handstands.  
-Tuning and calibrating the base handstand to help address and correct asymmetries
-Advanced wall work to not only reinforce alignment, but also help build strength, endurance, and flexibility.  
-Refining of the basic handstand to make it as effortless as possible.  
-Adding complexity in the balance with basic shapes and movement patterns.
-Chaotic movement patterns while maintaining focus on balance
-Dynamic handstand work including walking and jumping
-Progressions towards the press handstand and stalder press
-Progressions towards handstand pushups, or even more advanced variations like tiger bends or 90 degree pushups
-Planche development progressions and concepts
-Progressions towards the mexican handstand or hollowback
-One arm handstand work: a lot goes into this topic, so that depends on the level of the group how far we will get

Each day consists of two 3-hour sessions and a 2-hour lunch break in between.  
One Day only- Early bird $175, regular $200
Full Weekend- early bird $325, Regular $375

Early Registration ends August 15, 2017

Earlier Event: September 23
Vancouver, BC
Later Event: October 21
New York City