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Handstand Pose, Split Legs

Angle-Based Images: Handstand Pose, Split Legs Video
Angle-Based Images: Handstand Pose, Split Legs Video
Angle-Based Images: Handstand Pose, Split Legs Video
Angle-Based Images: Handstand Pose, Split Legs Video
Angle-Based Images: Handstand Pose, Split Legs Video
Handstand Pose, Split Legs: Step 1
Step 1 Begin in a forward fold.
Handstand Pose, Split Legs: Step 2
Step 2 Soften through your knees and press your palms firmly into the ground, about a foot and a half in front of your feet, under your shoulders, shoulder-distance apart. Lift your right leg toward the ceiling, and come high onto the ball of your left foot.
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Handstand Pose, Split Legs: Step 3
Step 3 Using your right leg to lift you, transfer your weight onto your hands or take little hops off your left foot until you are upside down or against the wall, keeping your legs split.
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Handstand Pose, Split Legs: Step 4
Step 4 Engage your shoulder blades down and together on your back, and press into your fingertips for extra energy. Look slightly forward. Try to breathe here for at least five deep breaths—or work your way up to that—and then repeat on the other side. This pose can be done at a wall until you are comfortable without one.
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Progressions & Variations

Beginner Tips

You can do this pose at a wall until you are comfortable enough to try it without support.

Tips

Avoid this pose if you have shoulder or wrist ailments.

Benefits

Strengthens the arms, core, and legs. Improves balance and posture. Elevates heart rate. Improves focus. This pose is said to calm the mind, alleviate mild depression, and stress.

Modifications

Press into your fingertips, using them as brakes to make this easier on your Wrists.

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