Countdown: 8

Life has its ups and downs and sometimes even makes a vertical flip, bringing the world as you know it upside-down. Having realized that, I try to gain more control by doing it all on purpose.

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Physical Preparation for Upcoming Travels

However, let’s get back to where it started: Sicily, June 2019, the cliff called Scala dei Turchi. Having no specific experience nor circus trick at hand, I went for typical, boring tourist pictures in extraordinary landscape. Me, smiling towards the camera and that was it so far. Then, a low voice in the back of my head asked: What if I exercise more focused? I always liked handstand and liked to use it for funny pictures in beautiful surrounding. Hence, I started right there during my last week on Sicily and, tadaa!, it improved within days.

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I continued for a couple of weeks and months, adding some handstand training to each yoga session. And I managed to include more yoga sessions throughout my working life. I even went to a handstand workshop with yoga teacher Lucie and improved significantly, proved by playing the sandbox during the September weekend at Zandvoort.

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Alignment… Stability… Flexibility…

October came with funny sunny weather and with Jacktheyogi who talked me into a bright photo session. These have been my best trials so far!

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Then, the balance of work and sports got shifted and I lost track of it. Still, I tried to get some nice postures during early ski days in November.

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While the original idea has been to work hard on my skills during winter and get prepared for my upcoming holidays, it is now time take a honest look at my current abilities: Bad news is that I lost the habit of continuous training along the way – being quite obvious in all recent attempts.

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Good news is a change in mindset: Once I got started, I lost the fear to fall over, shyness in public or other virtual boundaries. Free your mind and the rest will follow! Here I am now, well motivated for upcoming exercises and looking back on simultaneous handstands with the artist of the day.

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The paintings will be there at every exhibition of Ardian Binaj (and so worth it), yet the One-Minute-Sculpture (more true: one second) happened exceptionally. Thanks for Playing!

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