Sanskrit: Adho Mukha Vrksasana

The handstand is a posture that many yogi’s strive towards. It takes a lot of practice and patience. Stick with it and don’t give up! This shape strengthens the shoulders, arms, and wrists. If you have sensitive wrists, please be very aware of that when attempting the handstand. Please see below for a step-by-step tutorial on how to work towards your handstand:

Walking your feet up the

  1. Begin facing away from the wall (make sure your wall and space is free of any objects)
  2. Start in a short downward facing dog
  3. Walk your feet up the wall
  4. Walk your hands all the way towards the wall and hold for 1 minute
  5. Have enough strength to walk hands away from wall or cartwheel out as gracefully as possible

Kicking Up Against the Wall

  1. Set up about 18 inches away from the wall
  2. Begin in a short downward facing dog
  3. Gaze forward
  4. Step with one foot and kick with the other (try kicking with your dominant foot)
  5. Inhale kick up and find some hang time
  6. Let your feet touch the wall
  7. Come back down to the ground

**Don’t kick up and try to pull your feet off, that will build muscle memory to always kick too far**

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