Handstand Play! In the sequence you can see above, my execution is messy (it’s even trickier when you’re attempting it on a rock ledge) but I’m playfully working toward a pose called Vrschikasana (extended arm scorpion).
I’ve been practicing yoga for 15 years and it took me years to be able to free hold a handstand and becoming a master is still a work in progress! I’m still working on my toes reaching my head. Stay tuned!
My approach is always to try and make it feel easy and I encourage that ideal also when I teach. I guess it is hard, but it’s all about perception, like most things it requires a combination of strength, balance and a willingness in the mind to want to do it.
Beyond it making for a great Instagram pic! But being upside down is really great for our circulation, it is excellent for mental clarity and our confidence. I like that yoga meme that says “we bend so we don’t break”.
Practice, practice, practice and find a great teacher.
I practice a lot on the beach because the sand is soft! You will want to find strength and flexibility in you back bends and handstands before you work to Scorpion. You will require stability of your core and strength in your wrists. But do persevere – you’ll feel amazing when it all clicks!