6 Steps to Perfecting a Handstand
1. Push-ups. Start doing as many push-ups as you can today and work your way up from there. Push-ups will help you gain the arm, shoulder, chest and core strength you need to master a handstand. If you cannot do push-ups, start with standing push-ups on a wall or inverted slightly against a counter or table top. Move to push-ups on your knees on the floor and soon enough, you’ll be able to do a true push-up!
2. Standing forward fold. Also know as Uttanasana, the standing forward fold/forward bend will give you the feeling of inverting at least the top half of your body. It will help your body adjust to the sensation of having your head below your heart. Check out the proper form and posture for Uttanasana here.
3. Wall Prep. To mimic the sensation of putting all your weight on your hands, you can stand 2-3 feet from a wall (depending on your height/arm reach), fold into a 90 degree angle at your hips, and place your hands against the wall. Push against the wall, reach your sit bones away from you, and engage your core.
4. Planks and Chaturanga. Much like the push-up practice, these poses will help you build arm, shoulder, core and chest strength and also help you practice balance. Try to go through some Vinyasa flows as well as holding each pose individually for as long as you can. Check out the proper form for plank and Chaturanga.
5. Supported Handstand. Practice doing a handstand against a wall, or with someone to grab your legs and hold you. Practice makes perfect, and you can practice a support handstand as many times as you need to before you do it on your own. Practicing against a wall will help you get used to the feeling of being inverted, and also help build your strength and balance.
6. Full, un-supported handstand! When you feel ready, move away from the wall and try a full, unsupported handstand. Use your core to lift your legs and body upwards and don’t forget to breathe! Breathing will help you stay balanced and focused. Check out the proper form and way to get into a handstand here, and try some different variations when you’re ready!
Good luck, Love and Light to all of you. Namaste.
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