- 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!
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free Berry + Chia Pancakes
1T Chia Seeds
1/2 scoop 365 Whole Foods – Whey Protein Powder-Natural Vanilla Flavor
1T Raw Whole Flax Seed
6 Egg Whites
1.c Raspberries (or any berries of your choosing)
1/2 c. steamed or baked yam (can use canned pumpkin in a pinch)
10 drops liquid Stevia
1 tsp. Cinnamon, ground
1 tsp. Ground Nutmeg
1 tsp Pure Almond Extract
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Heat pan on stove to medium heat. Add all ingredients in the blender until smooth. Cook immediately as the chia seeds will begin to thicken the mixture the longer you wait. This recipe makes three yummy fluffy high protein pancakes. I eat mine slathered in coconut oil or coconut butter.
Here’s The Nutrition Breakdown
Per Serving: Calories: 157 Carbs: 21 Fat: 2 Protein: 13
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
Blend ingredients in blender (or use hands to mix well) pour into bowl and refrigerate for a couple of hours to let thicken. This is also a great smoothie if you’d prefer to drink it instead! Enjoy! (Taken with Instagram)
Recipe by Angela Kukhahn
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.