Skip Nav
Workouts
25 No-Equipment Moves That Transform Your Body
Healthy Recipes
12 Smoothies That Satisfy Intense Chocolate Cravings
Healthy Recipes
6 Ways to Make Chinese New Year a Healthy Celebration

How to Prep For a Handstand

Build Up Your Core and Confidence — the "L" Handstand

Incorporating Handstand into your practice can be daunting. But like all balancing poses, a little confidence and a lot of core work go a long way. Try this rendition of the inversion to build both strength and muscle memory, which will prep your body and mind for a full-blown handstand.

  • Position your mat in front of a wall, and come down to your hands and knees. Place your heels against the wall with your toes touching the floor. Plant your hands shoulder-width apart, and root them into the mat by spreading your fingers wide.
  • Push back into a strong Downward Facing Dog with your heels up on the wall, and your toes still connected with the floor. Take a breath.
  • On the exhale, begin to walk up the wall, one foot at a time, so that your body forms a 90-degree angle or "L" shape. You won't be able to see what you look like, so focus on getting your hips over your shoulders.
  • Hold this inversion at least five breaths, and try again two or three times!
Around The Web
Teresa Giudice Shares Her Prison Workout Plan: How She Got Down to a Size 2
Yoga Sequence to Tone Thighs
Common Weight Room Fears
Yoga Sequence to Relieve Lower Back Pain
Stretches to Relieve Lower Back Pain and Open Tight Hips
Stretches to Do in Bed
How to Pack the Perfect Gym Bag

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

Join The Conversation
Latest Fitness
X