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Handstand Pose

Angle-Based Images: Handstand Pose Video
Angle-Based Images: Handstand Pose Video
Angle-Based Images: Handstand Pose Video
Angle-Based Images: Handstand Pose Video
Angle-Based Images: Handstand Pose Video
Handstand Pose: Step 1
Step 1 Begin in a forward fold.
Handstand Pose: Step 2
Step 2 Press your palms firmly into the ground about a foot and a half in front of your feet, underneath your shoulders, shoulder-distance apart.
Handstand Pose: Step 3
Step 3 Lift your left leg toward the ceiling, coming high onto the ball of right foot. Using your left leg to lift you, transfer your weight onto your hands or take little hops off right foot until you are upside down.
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Handstand Pose: Step 4
Step 4 Engage your shoulder blades down and together on your back, and press into your fingertips for stability.
Handstand Pose: Step 5
Step 5 Next, lift your bottom leg to meet the top in the air or at the wall—feet flointed or pointed. Breathe here for at least three deep breaths—or as many as is comfortable—then repeat on the other side.
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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, wrists, 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

To truly master the pose, deepen your breathing, and stay here for many deep breaths. This will focus and calm the mind.

Related Exercises

  • Strength Exercises
  • Core Exercises
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