5 Ways to Improve your Handstand

Getting up on your hands and upside down can be quite a daunting idea, even seemingly impossible! We won’t lie, it isn’t easy, and you may have been trying for what seems like forever! However, the key is not to give up! There are ways to train your body to have the strength and coordination to hold a hand stand, enter and exit safely. These simply exercises will have to standing on your hands in no time! Try to practice regularly for small amounts of time.

Dolphin Pose- Practice coming in and out of this pose to help strengthen arms and shoulders.

How to:

Begin on your hands and knees with your knees in line with hips and elbows in line with shoulders. Tuck your toes under and begin to lift your hips up pressing into your forearms.

Tip Top Toe- Get to strengthen your core and to practice keeping your elbows and shoulders strong.

How to:

Fold forward, bend you knees if you need to so your hands are flat on the floor. Come onto your tip toes and use your abs to hop your feet towards your hands. Repeat.

Plank- Build awareness around the position your back and shoulders need to be in during a handstand.

How to:

Begin in a plank position with your wrists directly under your shoulders and your navel drawn in towards you spine. Press into your hands and round your spine, return to plank. Repeat.

Headstand- Legs lift to get the power and strength to hold a plank while upside down!

How to:

Interlace your hands together to create a cup for your head. Place the crown of your head onto the mat with the back of your head against your hands. Lift your hips and walk your feet towards your face. Lift your legs one at a time and slowly try to straighten your legs.

Roll- Face that fear of falling and build the reflex of rounding your back and rolling it out.

How to:

From a hand stand, bend your elbows, tuck your chin into your chest and round through your spine with control.

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