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How to Balance a Handstand

how to balance a handstand

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Yoga Handstand

Step 1

Position your mat so it is touching a wall. This is especially important if you are a novice at performing Handstand pose. Kicking up against a wall will prevent you from falling over.

Step 2

Come into Downward-Facing Dog facing the wall, with your fingers six inches from the wall.

Step 3

Walk one foot toward the wall, landing about halfway between your feet and hands.

Step 4

Shift your shoulders directly over your wrists to balance your torso and protect the shoulders. Spread your fingers wide and press the hands into the mat firmly, lifting through the armpits.

Step 5

Press the front foot into the floor and use the force generated to kick both of your legs up

into the air.

Step 6

Shift your pelvis over your shoulders immediately to balance the lower torso and the legs. The heels could rest on the wall behind you if you are unsteady in the pose.

Step 7

Engage your core muscles to balance in the pose by drawing your belly button in toward your spine.

Stay in this pose for as long as you can while still maintaining proper form and alignment. If you feel unsteady or ready to come down, lower your legs to the floor one at a time. Come back into Downward-Facing Dog.

Drop your knees to the floor and sit back on your heels in Child's pose. Stretch your arms out in front of you and touch the center of your forehead to the floor.

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