Behind the appearance of something looking “effortless” is a lot of timing, strength and specific movement and practice! Handstanding is not something that has ever come “easy” to me. It has taken a lot of work, there has been a lot of fear to overcome, strength to build and understanding of mechanics to get my butt over my head! Things that have helped me learn to handstand (and particularly the press) are the grounding and shifting of the hands for stability, the idea of compressing into a pike position, the shift of shoulders forward and the shift of the rotation of the pelvis on the way up and down. Understanding this shift in the pelvis has been key! Starting in almost a bit of posterior tilt, shifting to mare of an anterior tilt and then to neutral at the top. Then, reversing the order on the way down. I also think it’s very valuable to find comfort in your backbend to if you go too far you can exit safely. I have to credit @harmonyslateryoga with her handstand tutorial today with this reminder, and inspiration. Also a lot of help from my friend @shawnditty while learning this technique! There is always something new to learn #alwaysastudent .
People often ask how they can improve their bridge and/or overhead mobility. Here is a fantastic and simple drill that helps address all of those tight upper body zones. Read below for more details! .
Anchored T-Spine Opener ⚓️ If you're looking to create some movement through your back and open you shoulders for skills like handstands and kipping skills, give this stretch a go. You can use a med ball or foam roller, and lift or lower your hips only as far as your personal mobility allows to get a good stretch without going overboard. ⠀
This is great option for those of you working to improve your thoracic bridge. Consider pairing it with a deep lunge or kneeling bridge to get some focus on hips and lower back as well. ⠀