April 26, 2016

The 4 Secrets of Handstand.

Matt handstand

It seems like everywhere we look these days someone is doing a handstand.

Some people feel the social media yoga display is not real yoga. Others are finding it super inspiring.

Regardless of our standpoint, it’s hard to deny the potential of the human body.

Handstand seems to be at the forefront of “look what my body is capable of” and thus is creating a strong desire in the masses to do what seems clearly easy for everyone else.

Four years ago I started teaching monthly handstand workshops that consistently sold out. It became apparent that there was a growing demand. Before I knew it, I had multiple private sessions, weekly workshop series and began traveling the U.S. to teach just one pose.

Over the course of teaching handstands, I began to notice that there are some basic key points or ingredients that make up a balanced handstand.

My mind began systematizing and distilling down the essence of what is required to hold the illusive pose. What really blocks humans from handstand is actually quite simple—body awareness.

In my observation, many people are loving yoga because they are for the first time becoming aware of the body they have been living in all this time. Handstand takes this awareness to the next level. My mission as a yoga teacher is to help people become deeply aware of their bones, muscles and gravity and how these things interact to create depth and ease or pain and struggle.

In alignment with my intention to help people body proprioception (knowing where your body is in space) and connect to their potential in their physical form, I created a video that reveals the areas of the body to focus on in order to find ease and freedom when working toward handstand.

The Four Secrets of Handstand.


The Magical, Flexing, Element that Keeps us Balanced in Yoga.

Author: Matt Giordano

Editor: Ashleigh Hitchcock

Photo: Instagram/@theyogimatt

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Matt Giordano

Yoga instructor Matt Giordano gives credit to an influential figure from his teenage years—his high school art teacher—for sparking within him the curiosity and tenacity that eventually led him to yoga. It was Eileen Walk who told Giordano: “You are not allowed to say, ‘I can’t.’ You must rephrase to a question: ‘How?’”

This inquisitive and unrelenting spirit laid the foundation for Matt to begin a devoted yoga practice. When coupled with his passion to understand the physics and subtle alignment of the body, Matt’s dharma as a teacher came into focus.

Originally from Sea Cliff, Long Island, Giordano spent seven years developing his teaching style living in Manhattan, where he taught at local studios (Pure NYC, Equinox). Matt now travels internationally to teach his signature technique based style of yoga, educating yoga students on how to use their body in a profound and life changing way. Well-known for his ability to guide students deeply into postures with his refined attention to detail and precise action cues, Giordano is an adept guide for all-levels students at festivals, workshops and in his weekly studio classes. His study of biomechanics and integrative mind-body techniques inform his teaching, as he draws upon wisdom from traditions of yoga, martial arts (Aikido and Tae Kwan Do), acrobatics, AcroYoga and Thai Yoga Massage. In the end, Matt inspires a humble confidence, allowing students to find ease while expanding the edge of their comfort zone.
As Giordano helps make AcroYoga a household name, the media has taken notice; featuring him in Martha Stewart’s Whole Living, Alignyo, Yoga Dork and on LIVE! With Kelly and Michael. Events the world over are allowing countless students the opportunity to practice with Matt. Check out his website. No one misses the action, as his growing digital content (YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook) have become another platform for Matt to share delight, technique and even the occasional appearance of his dog Tito, a Papillon and heart-melting super yogi.

“Matt leads his class with a sweet-tempered authority, encouraging students to seek within themselves—and smile while doing it.”  ~ alignyo.com