Do you find it challenging standing on your hands or going upside down? Would you like to find out why, and what to do about it? Come join us for a thorough and fun exploration of arm balances and inversions that will help you build self-confidence and expand your yoga practice. This workshop will teach you how to increase your confidence, your awareness, and your strength, flexibility, and balance to make inversions and arm balances possible, safe, and fun!


In this workshop you will learn the following:

  • Pinpoint the common issues that make arm balances and inversions challenging, and show you effective ways to address them (and no, it's not just about arm strength).

  • We will explore relevant anatomy to better understand the physical challenges and body mechanics involved, and will identify which of these challenges are most relevant to each student in the workshop through a series of body analysis techniques.

  • We will then spend a fair amount of time on fundamentals such as upper body strengtheners, hip and shoulder openers, and spinal alignment to prepare you for coming into the poses safely and with control.

The course also includes a practice guide for you to take home that includes photos and descriptions of a series of exercises to support your arm balance and inversions practice, so that you can continue working at home to make the poses increasingly more effortless.


Saturday February 18, 2pm - 5pm

We will cover the most commonly taught arm balances and will start with hip opening, body awareness, and alignment practices to make arm balances not just possible, but spacious, balanced, and free. We will practice each arm balance first upside down in order to emphasize alignment and the importance of cultivating serenity even in challenging poses.


Sunday February 19, 2pm - 5pm

We will cover handstand, forearm balance and headstand, and just as with arm balances, we will analyze the challenges of each in detail, breaking each pose down into its components to make them approachable even for beginners. We will also cover safety issues to build confidence and ensure everyone's wellbeing, and teach everyone not just how to go upside down, but also how to safely take someone else upside down.


This course is designed for all yoga practitioners who wish to deepen their knowledge of the fundamentals of arm balances and inversions. No prior arm balance or inversions practice is required, but a few months of yoga practice will certainly be helpful, and being able to hold downward dog for a minute or more will enable you to get the most out of this workshop. If you are already comfortable taking flight, you will nonetheless learn a wealth of techniques and anatomical and alignment detail that will transform your arm balance and inversions practice, making it safer, more effective, and more fun. Also highly recommended for yoga teachers who want to learn how to teach arm balances and inversions more effectively. Please eat a light and/or early lunch on the days of the workshop.


Gernot has been practicing and studying yoga since 1996. His yoga background includes Anusara, Iyengar, Forrest, Kripalu, and Ashtanga Yoga, and he holds a 200-hour yoga teacher training certificate from a Yoga-Alliance-registered teacher training program. Born in South Africa and raised in Germany, Gernot has spent 20 years in the United States as well as significant amounts of time in Argentina and Thailand. Gernot speaks English, German, and Spanish, as well as some French and Thai. He holds a bachelor's degree in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University and a master's degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Cornell University.

In his teachings, Gernot draws on a broad range of life experiences that includes working in Silicon Valley, traveling extensively in Asia and South America, volunteering for antiglobalization and alternative-transit non-profits, conducting biological fieldwork in California's Sierra Nevada and Argentina's Pampa, and teaching wildlife monitoring to inner city youth. He also loves bicycling and wilderness travel, and practices Vipasana meditation. His varied life experiences help Gernot relate to yoga students from all walks of life, and help him transmit the essential teachings of yoga in a way that makes them come alive on and off the mat.


Yangon Yoga House Downtown Studio


REGULAR: Single workshop US$45; Both workshops US$80

EARLY BIRD: Single workshop US$40; Both workshops US$70

(Early bird price if paid in full by Saturday February 11)