I am at a transition point in my yoga practice. I have spent a couple of years building core strength and a sense of my own physicality, now it's time to pick up the pace and stretch into some new challenges. Inversions--a polite word for lots of things upside down--headstands, handstands, forearmstands, are what I am moving towards. I have never been much of an 'upside-down' person, but there seem to be some benefits for getting inverted. I don't have much in the way of fear about inversions, but finding the body-mechanics to make it happen is not easy. Fortunately I spoke to a yoga instructor yesterday who has been teaching for 25 years and only nailed inversions about three years ago--her kind and supportive words of encouragement put my ungraceful attempts gentler light.