Inversions are always challenging, yet one of the most fun filled yoga poses. Handstands take a lot of practice and focus. It is easiest to start close to a wall for support. Remember to have fun and listen to your body. We are all at different stages in our practice, so let the ego go and work with yourself instead of against yourself.
- Start in down dog with your fingertips about a hands distance apart from the wall and shoulder distance apart. Open your hands wide like starfish and press your hands firmly into the mat.
- Bend one knee and step the foot in closer to the wall. Kick your opposite leg up as you give yourself a little hop. Bring your feet together, or to the wall. If you are currently kicking up on the wall and are wanting to learn how to come away from the wall, practice taking one foot off and then meeting your feet together. You should feel a solid balance before you practice kicking up without the wall. Remember to engage your abdominal muscles and keep your gaze between your hands.
- If you have a solid handstand try tucking one leg in. Bring the big toe to the opposite knee and balance for a few breaths then alternate legs.
- Come down slowly and controlled, the same way you came up.