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Thought to be one of the more impressive yoga and gymnastics positions, the handstand is not hard to learn but takes some practice, as the move involves inverting your body. You have to be strong to perform a handstand, as all of your body weight is supported with your hands. Because incorrectly executing the movement can cause serious injury, you should have a coach or more experienced yoga or gymnastics partner observe you until you have mastered this skill. Progress slowly, using the support of your coach, partner or a wall until you build your confidence.
Adho Mukha Vrksasana
To be able to successfully engage the Adho Mukha Vrksasana in yoga, you must first overcome your fear of falling. Start slowly and use the support of a partner, mirror and pillow. Move into the Adho Mukha Svanasana, or Downward-Facing Dog pose, with your fingertips about an inch away from a wall. The website Yoga Journal suggests moving from the Downward-Dog to the Adho Mukha Vrksasana by bending one knee forward, kicking your straight leg up against a wall and then kicking your bent knee into the same position. Alternate the leg you bent first with the straight leg and practice holding the position for a few more seconds each time.
Parallette training advocates using the handstand to develop strength in your shoulders and upper back. Perfecting the vertical handstand takes time, as you have to develop strength and flexibility. Start by standing facing a wall. Bend over, placing your hands about shoulder-width apart on the floor about 5 inches from the wall. Make sure your shoulders are directly over your hands and your arms are perpendicular to the floor. Press up into a handstand by lifting your hips completely before lifting your legs. You have completed the maneuver correctly if your lower back makes contact with the wall before your legs. Keep your arms straight throughout the movement. Once you have held the handstand for a comfortable length of time, reverse the motion, straddling down in a controlled, continuous movement toward the floor.
Once your body is up against the wall as in the Adho Mukha Vrksasana and vertical handstands, the capoeira technique advocates practicing the maneuver with different positions such as moving into a handstand from a squat, cartwheel, headstand, macaco, 180-degree turn or any combination of these positions. Advanced modifications include moving from a handstand to walking on your hands, clapping your feet to Berimbau rhythm, straddling your legs back and forth and side to side, twisting your hips 90 degrees, squatting with your legs in the air, standing on one hand, moving into a queda de rins and getting back to the floor with a handspring.
While any form of exercise is good for your heart and lungs and strengthens your bones and muscles, you should first obtain medical clearance if you are a man over the age of 45, a woman over the age of 55 or if you suffer from chronic health problems such as type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure. While you should push through psychological or physical discomfort to achieve maximum results from an exercise program, always stop promptly if you experience any sharp pains. When practicing handstands, its important to start by learning the basic handstand format, pay careful attention to strict form and gradually gain your confidence before attempting any advanced moves.