- Advanced Yoga: One-Handed Handstand Prep Video With Marysia Weiss (kukhahnyoga.com)
I remember the very first time I tried this. I was just beginning to flirt with the idea that I may indeed be able to do a handstand. This really helped give me the confidence to try handstanding in the middle of the room.
The reason this works so well is because when you bring your feet together it helps to get your hips up over your hands. Also, your center of gravity is lower than it would be in a traditional handstand.
Start by warming up for your handstand with a few Sun Salutations and a seated Baddhha Konasana. The Sun Salutes will warm up your hamstrings, shoulders and the Baddhha Konasana will prepare your hips for this handstand.
Try a few practice hops.
My teacher always says”Remember they are like pancakes, the first few are never that good”.
Remember these key points…
Keep your eyes focused between your index fingers.
Draw your arm bones into the shoulder sockets.
Do not let your elbows bend
Exhale and pull your navel back towards your spine as you go up. It is normal to get nervous and forget about the breath so try a few where you exhale audibly to get the hang of it. Once you are sure that you are breathing properly feel free to go back to silent breathing.
Have fun handstanding!
Do you want to do a handstand but have no idea where to start?
You have come to the right place!
This handstand tutorial video will cover all of the basics from hand placement to how to kick up!
Above you can see the most basic example of external rotation of the arms in the first photo the model has the hands alongside her body her thumbs pointing away from her body. (in internal rotation the thumbs would point in see below) In the second photo the model has kept the external rotation of the arms and taken her arms up overhead. Several amazing things are happening here.
Proper Alignment When Taking the Arms Overhead in External Rotation
Work your External Rotation in Plank, Downward Dog and Cat/Cow Poses.
Need Still Further Convincing that Externally Rotating Your Arms is Important?
It’s a fact. Let’s face it, wether we like it or not having a strong core is the building block to any yoga pose. You can never do too many abs, or have a core that is just too ridiculously strong. Love this quick and effective ab routine from The Haute Bunny, check it out!
Loved this from the lovely ladies over at THE Hot and Healthy Blog 🙂
We have a saying in yoga: “No excuses, best results.” Not even wrist surgery can stop GR from hand standing.
It’s not what you do that causes injury, it’s how you do it. If your activities are hurting you, you are doing something wrong- Doesn’t take much to figure that one out! Reevaluate your alignment and make it work. The only thing stopping you from achieving any of your goals is the bullshit excuses you tell yourself.
If you are like me you are always in search of your next favorite song for yoga class! When I build a yoga playlist it’s a sparkling collection of songs that I handpicked from a sea of less worthy songs. Each one individualy is a gleaming jewel of sorts.
Of course, one woman’s musical treasure is another persons noise pollution. Listen and see what you think of my yoga music playlist here on Spotify.
Adam Plack & Johnny (White Ant) Soames – Initiation (Change)
Euphoria – Devil May Care
Radiohead – Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
The National – Conversation 16
TV On The Radio – Blues From Down Here
Nightmares On Wax – Still? Yes!
Noiseshaper featuring Juggla – All a Them a Do
Nickodemus – Mystery of Life feat. Andrea Monteiro
Phoenix – Rome
Vivian Girls – Where Do You Run To
Best Coast – Make You Mine
Simon Resoul – Entre – Featuring Kormac
Eva Be – Into My Blues (feat. Pegah Ferydoni)
Frou Frou – Shh
The Temper Trap – Fader
Animal Collective – Fireworks
The Shins – Pink Bullets
The National – Watching You Well
The Antlers – Kettering
Lissie – Everywhere I Go
Music for Deep Meditation – Shavasana Sound Bath Therapy – Deep Healing Through the Power of Sound (Feat. Ann Malone)
I love this guys yoga blog! Check out this cool hip opener! I have never seen it before, and that is saying alot considering I have been doing yoga for 10 years now!
Numerous variations of the staff pose can be found in our advanced training syllabus. These amazing stretches open both the outer hips and inner thighs and make poses like eka pada sirsasana, (foot behind the head) infinitely easier to accomplish. The extreme external rotation of the leg found in this pose will also create the requisite flexibility to flip the legs into lotus without using using your hands. If you want to do this in postures like padma sirsasana, (lotus headstand), these variations will help you get there.
As far as I can tell, the variation shown below seems to be practiced primarily by Yoga 23 practitioners in the Ukraine.
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