While nailing a specific pose isn't the primary goal of yoga, as a yogi I can say it feels pretty damn good when that pose you've been working toward for months—sometimes years—finally comes together. For many yogis, that pose is handstand. Being able to do handstand typically means you've mastered three huge elements of yoga: strength, flexibility, and balance.
The benefits of regular handstands don't end with how much fun they are. They also increase circulation, improve mood, and help with bone health. So you better believe yogis love a good inversion.
Recently, handstands have started creeping into the fitness world as well. Suddenly, some of my HIIT classes incorporate brief handstand attempts, and handstands are popping up all over some of the more hard-core fitness Instagram accounts I follow, like s10 training and CrossFit's official account. What gives? Let's take a closer look.