December is an exciting month for many reasons; spending time with family, enjoying the holiday season, the arrival of cooler weather and the ending of the year. Sometimes these can be challenging times when we have lots of obligations, events and plans, which can make getting on our mats or cushions a struggle. Here at Omstars, we’re always thinking of ways to inspire, motivate and bring you new courses, content and challenges!
Enter Holly Fiske, aka upsidedownmama, mama of 2, yoga teacher, inversion master extraordinaire and eco-yoga clothes designer! Join Holly and Omstars starting December 3rd for her Instagram challenge #upsidedowniscomingtotown. She’ll be counting you down to the holidays, sharing practices to help you stay focused, challenging you to find your inner strength, as well as offering you insight into her upcoming course that releases Dec 4th, Upside Down Yoga, exclusively on Omstars.
What were your ideas and intention around hosting your upcoming challenge #upsidedowniscomingtotown?
Challenges via social media reach people in an outstanding way. People who are seeking inspiration, guidance and community. I know, because I was one of them. Finding fitness and yoga challenges on instagram created a physical, mental and social outlet I was struggling to find when my children were babies. Here I found camaraderie, support, knowledge and inspiration that helped me get to where I’m at today. When I host a challenge, I know that I’m speaking to many people just like me and I want to make them find health and happiness and know that they can be and do whatever they set their mind to. A lot of times we can look at what others are doing, their abilities and how they look and wish we were more like them. I want people to get motivated and look at themselves, believing in themselves and conquering their wishes, happy in their own skin. Let that be the cycle.
What would you like participants to know about it that are thinking of joining?
All of the poses in this challenge are designed to compliment, build or further explore an inversion practice. Not every pose is upside down, but every pose will be supportive towards that endeavor. This challenge is equal parts strength and flexibility, equal parts building blocks and exploring capabilities and equal parts serious and fun. Upside down people or those seeking to explore this world…this challenge is for you!
What can participants expect and what outcomes are you hoping to offer?
I hope to provide a quality challenge where intentions are pure and hosts, sponsors and participants are present, challenging ourselves and supporting one another. I expect people to be inspired, pleasantly surprised, eager to try more and be a little sore. At the end of the day, I hope that everyone walks away taking something with them and preferably joining me some more via my online classes with Omstars!
How does the challenge connect with or relate to your upcoming course release?
My upcoming course series is all about being upside down but not limited to handstands. I truly believe in my building block series and think that those who are already capable of standing on their hands could benefit from it as much as complete beginners. I believe the winning recipe is the balance of strength, flexibility, alignment, muscle memory, perseverance and release. The result is breaking barriers and preventing injuries. Technicalities aside, my creative and fun side is very excited to also offer the Upside Down Yoga series. Each vinyasa is centered around a specific inversion, incorporating progression, strength, flexibility, counter balance and of course a lot of creative good times. You’ll find a couple poses in the challenge that represent the mini workshops I’m offering in my online class series on upside down backhanding and also my personal inversion favorite, the hollow back. Well rounded, all levels, vinyasas and workshops!
Well, are you ready to join or what? Download the collage above or follow Holly and Omstars on instagram @upsidedownmama @omstarsoffical. Join for 15 days of upside down inspiration and a chance to win an eco and ethical outfit from Um Stuff, Holly’s personally designed eco-yoga clothing line, as well as a 6 month membership to Omstars !!!
To learn more about Holly, her clothing line and more visit her website www.upsidedownmama.com
By Anna Wechsel