Wanna Do a Handstand? 8 Moves to Get You There

Wanna Do a Handstand? 8 Moves to Get You There

If you’ve been playing around with how to do Headstands and Forearm Stands| Handstands are another fun inversion to try. If you have your heart set on getting upside down| here are eight moves to practice. They’ll help you build strength and stability| so you’ll be standing on your hands in no time!

| Push-Ups

It may seem like Handstands are all about balance| but in order to be able to hold your body straight upside down| you need major upper-body strength. Push-ups are by far the best exercise since they’ll target your arms| shoulders| upper back| and core. Basic push-ups work great| but you can strengthen other areas of your body by throwing some push-up variations into your weekly routine as well.

| Backbend Push-Ups

Here’s another push-up variation that will really target your shoulders and upper back| as well as your quads and core. It’ll also get you used to being upside down. Do three sets of 10 a few times a week| and you’ll really notice a difference in your upper-body strength.

| Headstand

Since the Handstand is a pretty advanced inversion| it’s good to work on the most stable inversion first| Headstand. Try this one known as Bound Headstand to build your strength and balance.

| Forearm Stand

After mastering a Headstand| a Forearm Stand is the next hardest inversion| but not as hard as the Handstand. Since you’re resting on your forearms| there’s more surface area to balance on. Do this move in front of a wall at first to prevent falling| and then move to the middle of the room.

| Crow

Crow pose is a great next step since it requires upper-body strength| balance| and core strength. It’s like a little mini-Handstand and a great way to get your hands and wrists used to holding up your body weight.

| Handstand Split

Although the goal of the Handstand in yoga is to be able to hold your body in one straight line| it’s really difficult to find that balance at first. Doing a Handstand with your legs in a split position is much easier. Do it in front of a wall with your toes leaning for support| and eventually move away when you master the balance.

| Handstand Against the Wall

Here’s the next step in being able to do Handstands freely. Place you hands six or so inches away from the edge of a wall. Kick your feet up| press the top of your head against the wall| and move your legs away. This will get your body in the correct alignment with your hips and shoulders stacked. Hold this position for as long as you can| and you’ll really feel your core and upper body working hard to keep your body up. When you’re ready| start pulling your head away from the wall| balancing in a full Handstand.

| Handstand

After mastering Handstand against the wall| you’re ready to move to an open area to work on balancing without any help. Kick up with control into Handstand Split| and slowly scissor your legs together. Concentrate on holding your gaze at one point on the floor below you| keeping the hips stacked over the shoulders| fingers spread wide. Hold for as long as you can.