Some of you know this about me already, but I have to admit: I love standing on my hands so much that sometimes I even dream about it. Finding balance on my hands gives me an instant spark of excitement, passion and deep happiness. It also reminds me that humility, willingness and perseverance are as essential pieces of the practice as is any amount of physical strength or flexibility. Practicing Bent Knee Pike regularly will help you get comfortable with balancing upside down, and once you find the plumb line there, you’re halfway to Handstand!
Ground your hands fully at shoulder width apart
Keep your gaze between your thumbs
Plug your shoulders into socket by drawing them away from your ears
Squeeze your thighs toward your ribcage, hips over shoulders, and heels toward bottom
For safety, use a wall behind you when first trying this
Keep the faith
By Hanna Riley, Courtesy of Bala Vinyasa Yoga.