If you can’t hold your handstands, read on to see if you’re making these mistakes.
(Also read: Best Exercises to Train For Handstands)
Not using your hands
Sounds crazy because you’re if balancing on your hands, how can you not be using your hands? Well, that’s because you have to press down firmly and evenly on your palms as well as your fingers.
This helps to control the back and forth movement of your body to help you find the perfect point of balance. It also helps to take the stress off the balls of your hand to prevent any pain or wrist injury.
If you find yourself falling forwards, press down onto your palms. Conversely, press into your fingertips when you start falling backwards.
Arching your back
When you arch your back, you end up doing a “banana handstand”. Not only is this harder for you to find your centre of balance, but it also makes you collapse your back. The lack of engagement makes your body soft, making it difficult to stay upside down.
(Also read: Best Yoga Poses for A Strong And Flexible Back)
Shifting your gaze
To get into a handstand, you’re often told to gaze between your hands. This is said for a reason – to keep your eyes and head between your shoulders to help you balance.
Instead of looking at the space between your index fingers, try looking at the space between the base of your hands. This will stop your neck from craning too much which causes your body to be misaligned.
Relaxing your body
Yoga helps you to unwind and find focus but when you’re doing a handstand, you can only relax your mind, not your body. Going limp makes all the weight fall into your hands which causes you to lose balance.
By keeping your body tight and engaged, your body will form a stiff line, which helps it stay upright to keep you balanced.
(Also read: 8 Yoga Poses That Will Calm You Down Before Bedtime)
Forgetting to breathe
Like every pose in yoga, the most important step is to breathe. Moving with your breath helps you to control your body and mind better. If you hold your breath, your body will be tense without proper engagement, and your mind will not be able to focus on staying still.
Take slow breaths to help you contract your core and stay focused. If you fall, stop and breathe, then try again.