Our professional golf instructor Kevin broke the mold when he started teaching his golf students to improve their game by turning upside-down, and he’s been teaching handstands at Still & Moving ever since. Now Kevin’s most recent accomplishment, after many years of yoga and meditation, was to squeeze a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) into 18 days in Bali!
His trainers at this ashtanga-based training were Kalpana Radhika and Daniel Rama. Daniel is a protege of Miguel Santana, the world-wide hand balancing expert who has given workshops at Still & Moving. In addition to passing through handstands throughout the 4 hour ashtanga yoga practice every morning, Kevin got an additional 2 hours of strictly handstand practice every afternoon. Lucky guy!
Kevin fully immersed himself in the world of yoga from 6 am to 9 pm every day of the training: no TV, no golf, just yoga and sleep. As the oldest student there by far at age 50, Kevin’s steady determination served him well. And unlike many of his fellow trainees, he’s continued to practice the yoga he learned in Bali by teaching it half an hour per day to the high school golfers that he is coaching.
Anyone interested in a Yoga for Golfers class at Still & Moving Center? We ARE considering it, so let us know!
This eating pattern is based on the body’s circadian clock: eat your meals during the daytime hours, allowing your organs to rest at night. Specifically, eat your meals within 8-10 hours of the day, and take in nothing but water the rest of the time. This pattern of eating aligns with the traditional vedic yoga culture of eating only two meals a day, breakfast and lunch. Here are some researched benefits:
- Weight loss/management
- Body cells more actively going through the repair process
- Lower cholesterol
- Diabetes 2 prevention
I’ve been doing Time Restricted Eating, also called Intermittent Fasting, for about a year: Breakfast at 8 am and lunch finishing about 2 pm. I eat as much of whatever I want during my two meals. Then I drink a coffee or tea at 3 pm, and after that stick with water until breakfast. I do that 5 days a week, and then get to splurge eating dinner twice a week, with no adverse effect, according to research.
In that year, I’ve lost about 15 pounds and maintained that new 145 lb weight, eating the foods I like. I have more energy. I feel lighter in everything I do. I think more clearly. In fact the yoga teacher training I took in Bali followed a similar meal schedule twice a day: breakfast at 10 am and a second meal at 2pm, water the rest of the time. You’d think I’d have been starving, but my energy was great all the way through.
In addition to Rhanda Patrick’s work this website provides much useful information: https://www.dietdoctor.com/intermittent-fasting/time-restricted-eating
Regular Class: Sundays 4-5 pm, starts May 21st
For handstand enthusiasts who want to balance in the middle of the room in a straight line. This class focuses on developing the foundational elements of wrists, shoulders and core strength needed to get you up and staying there. Basic to advanced entries are explored, as well as slow, precise exits. Kevin in a very short period of time mastered many of handstand’s most challenging entries, including pike press up and from crow pose. He can show you how!
What is all the rave about handstands? Read here.
Having taught for almost 30 years, Kevin Ralbovsky PGA is considered Hawaii’s top golf instructor. He was awarded that honor from Golf Digest Magazine and the Aloha Section PGA multiple times. His passion and daily practice of yoga led him to deeper explorations into the study of handstand biomechanics. Finding your vertical axis and controlling your center of gravity is crucial in both the golf swing and in handstand. Miguel Sant’ana’s hand balance workshop inspired him. Kevin continues to work with notable yogis Daniel Rama, Justin Wolfer and Brigitte Snyder to understand advanced anatomical alignments.