Trying to get into a handstand comfortably? Do these moves regularly to achieve your goals of going upside down.
We’ve talked about handstand exercises and shared handstand balancing tips, but those articles are more for increasing your airtime. But if you’re struggling to even get into a handstand or forearm stand, practise these moves which will help you build strength and courage.
Do each exercise for the stated amount of reps and repeat the circuit thrice.
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Forearm plank to dolphin pose
Start in forearm plank pose. Engage your core and lift your hips up and back into a downward dog position. Keep your back straight as you do this. Hold for a few seconds and return to forearm plank. Repeat 10 times.
Start in a high plank pose with your feet against a wall. Slowly walk your feet up as you walk your hands towards the wall. Try to keep your hips still and go all the way up until your front body is against the wall. Walk back down to the starting position. Repeat five times.
Handstand holds with wall
Place your palms a few inches away from a wall, shoulder-width apart, with your fingers facing forward. Kick up into a handstand and rest your feet against the wall for support. Hold for 20 to 30 seconds. Return to standing. Repeat five times.
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From the previous pose, press your hands firmly into the ground to lift your collarbones up. Push your shoulders away from your body and hold for a few seconds. Relax your shoulders again. Repeat 10 times.
You can do this in a high plank pose or a handstand against the wall. Keep your body straight and do not move your hips as you raise your left hand to touch your right shoulder. Return to starting pose and use your right hand to touch your left shoulder. Repeat 10 times.