Yoga: Handstand

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Exercise Description:

Yoga: Handstand

Instructions:

This is a very advanced posture. Attempt this posture only if you've been doing yoga for more than two years or you are an athlete and have the strength in the arms. Begin by coming onto the hands and knees approximately 10 to 14 inches away from the wall. Fingertips are facing towards the wall. Tuck the toes under. The hands should be approximately 10 to 12 inches away from the wall. This is the downward dog position. Spread the fingers, spread the toes, keep the hips lifting up towards the sky and gently press the heels down. Stay here for 5 breaths. Preparing for the handstand, place the stronger leg forward and the weaker leg back. Now look towards the wall and contract the abdominals as well as the pelvic floor muscles and slowly attempt to lift one leg up at a time bringing the body into the handstand position leg up against the wall. This may take 5 to 10 attempts. This posture is recommended to go over with a yoga practitioner. Once the legs have reached the wall, tuck the chin in, tuck the tailbone under and drop the ribcage down towards the spine. Maintain a strong connection with the pelvic floor and abdominals. Keep the arms straight and the fingers spread. Maintain this posture for 2 to 10 deep breaths.

Side Note:

Increases the strength in the wrists, shoulders, abdominals and arms. Invigorates and energizes the mind. Helps to reduce depression, nervous exhaustion, boosts self-confidence and self-esteem. Regulates blood pressure. Prevents varicose veins. Relieves indigestion, diarrhea and nausea. Tones the internal organs. Stimulates the mind. Improves balance coordination and focus.

Categories:

Core Stabilization, Balance, Yoga
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