10 Steps to Learn a Handstand

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  • Elevated A-Frame

    Elevated A-Frame
    Use a mat if needed to position leg.
    You will start standing in a straddle position, on mat if desired.
    Put your hands shoulder length apart on the floor in front of you and keep your arms straight.
    You want your spine nice and straight and your ears next to your arms.
  • Frogger

    Frogger
    Starting from the Elevated A-Frame, lean forward and practice bringing your knees up to your elbows. You can balance your legs on your elbows if needed but try to practice to do it without it.
  • High Frogger

    High Frogger
    Similar to the Frogger but this time you will not be bending your elbows as much and you will need to keep your spine straight and have your legs in a tuck position ( as seen in the picture). Try to do this as vertical as you can and then hold the position for as long as you can, don't forget to breathe.
  • 3 Legged Downward Dog

    3 Legged Downward Dog
    This position you want to practice keeping your spine straight with your leg. You start with a simple down dog position and then raising one leg at a time. Don't forget to point your toes when you are up in the air. Do this position with each leg and hold it for 30-60 seconds.
  • Elevated L Stand

    Elevated L Stand
    This position will help strengthen your wrists, arms, and shoulders. You will use a wall and alternate which leg you will have in the air. Don't forget to point your toes on the leg that is in the air. Remember to keep your ears next to your arms.
  • Wall Entries

    Wall Entries
    You will follow the picture closely in this position as it takes multiple steps. Essentially you want to be able to hold the last position for 30-60 seconds. If getting so close to the wall is too difficult to start with, try holding the position as close as you can to the wall and then progress to standing right next to the wall. Remember to keep your ears next to your arms.
  • Wall Float

    Wall Float
    Here you will essentially practice doing a full handstand but you will be right on the wall, then when you fell like you have your balance you will try to push your body away form the wall and not lean on the wall. Do not worry if you end up falling backwards the wall will catch you.
  • Split Leg Kick Up

    Split Leg Kick Up
    This is the same position as an elevated L stand but you will have no support from the wall. You will alternate which leg is in the air. Have the toes of the leg that is positioned straight up pointed. The other leg that is perpendicular to your body will weigh you down forward to prevent you form tipping backwards. If in any case you do fall forward, tuck your head in a do a forward roll.
  • Straddle Handstand

    Straddle Handstand
    At this point you should be able to know how far to kick up without tipping over much if any. This position you will start standing with your feet slightly farther than shoulder width apart. You will bring your hands down and then bringing up your legs and positioning them in a straddle as seen in the picture. Remember to have your ears next to your arms and hold the position for 45-75 seconds.
  • Full Handstand

    Full Handstand
    Once you reach this event, you should be able to balance pretty well and your upper body should have plenty of control. What you want to focus on when you reach your full handstand you will squeeze your glutes together and pointing your toes. Don't forget to breathe, breathing steady will help keep you balanced longer. Focus on keeping your body as straight as possible.