ARDHA ADHO MUKHA VRKSASANA - PART I - PREPARATION

Todays yoga feeds are full of amazing pictures of different variations of handstand poses and it's hard not to get caught in the wind of wanting to "strike that pose"

Before practicing any advanced poses we should be honest with ourselves and our capacity to avoid injuries and remember that less is more. With conscious practice all will come!

Dandasana (Staff Pose) 

Dandasana (Staff Pose) 

Preparation for Ardha Adho Mukha Vrksasana (Half Handstand at the Wall): 

- Practice Adho Mukha Virasana (Downward-Facing Hero Pose) to gently create space in the spine and to lengthen the sides of the body. In this pose begin to activate the hands, arms and shoulders to prepare for Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog).  

- Move into Adho Mukha Svanasana to further prepare the mind and nervous system for the inversion. This pose will help you to engage the arms and shoulders and teach you to lift your hips up. 

- Come out Adho Mukha Svanasana and sit against the wall in Dandasana (Staff Pose) to stretch the shoulder, the chest and to activate the legs. 

- Place your hands where you had your feet and make sure that your arms are in line with your shoulders. Spread the fingers and activate the fingertips on the floor and feel how you press up from the ground. Exhale and come back into Adho Mukha Virasana or Balasana (Child Pose). 

- In Part II we'll continue into the pose...stay tuned to follow us! 

Caution: If the preparation results demanding for your wrists and shoulders then it's not recommended to practice the handstand (PART II) until you have worked up strong, open shoulders and core muscles. Instead continue with your practice until you feel strong and confident to move into the next step.