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The Why and the How on Handstands

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The Why and the How on Handstands

Are you in the process of working on your handstand? Or maybe your wondering how handstands can benefit you? Well you’re in the right spot! In this blog I’m going to talk a little bit about the benefits of handstands and then give you a step by step video on how to begin or enhance your handstand journey. Check out this article on handstands which corresponds to the handstands I will be teaching you today.

Handstand aka Adho Mukha Vrksasana is actually an inversion. An inversion is when your legs are above your heart and your whole world literally turns upside down. Why would I want to invert you may ask? Well, besides feeling like a carefree 5 year old again, handstands have many physical as well as psychological benefits.

One significant physical benefit is lymphatic drainage (when all the old blood from your legs returns to your heart, allowing new blood to be pumped back in), which is actually escalated when your contracting your muscles. Further more, handstands are fundamentally about strengthening your upper body, core and shoulders, in addition they can also be very energizing.

For the psychological benefits, this quote taken from the article above makes a great point:

The handstand is one of my favorite poses to teach in yoga because it shows the practitioner where their fear and doubt lies. With practice, this pose can remind you that you are capable of anything you put your mind to.

Challenging your perspective, facing your fears, giving you feelings of empowerment and confidence, who wouldn’t want to practice handstands?! Now we are going to get technical…

The article I’ve been talking about calls this pose the Half-Hand stand. Here is a brief description for you then take a look at the video as a picture (or youtube video) speaks a thousand words!

1. Come into downward facing dog with your heels up against the wall

2. Walk both feet up the wall til your heels are at the same level as your hips

3. Lift one leg, put it back on the wall and then lift the other leg, put it back on the wall and slowly come down.

Happy Handstands Yogis! Do you have a handstand story you would like to share? I would love to hear your comments 🙂