Handstand: How-to, Tips, Benefits

How-to: From standing, shift your weight to one foot, bring your palms to the ground, and lift your other leg up behind you. Straighten your arms. Open your hip, lift your leg higher, and lean your shoulders forward of your wrists. Slowly lift your grounded leg up, bringing your legs into a wide scissor position, then gradually draw your legs together straight up. Press your ankles and knees gently together.

Tips: There is no need to jump into this pose. Your grounded foot will lift easily when your weight is more forward of your wrists than behind them. Use your inhales to rock your weight forward, pull your bully in and hips up, and lift onto the ends of your standing toes until they lift themselves up. Once you’re up, keep your balance by picking a point on the ground and keeping your eyes focused there.

Benefits: Builds strength in your arms and abdomen, opens the hips. Builds balance and concentration. Good for circulation.

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Michael Taylor

Co-Founder Of Strala Yoga & Tai Chi Expert
Mike Taylor is the co-founder of Strala along with his wife, Tara Stiles. He studied mind-body medicine at Harvard and complementary medicine at Oxford. Mike has practiced Eastern movement and healing, including tai chi and qigong, for more than 30 years. In his younger years, Mike challenged centuries of reasonable and well-tested martial traditions in hundreds of competitions by applying unruly imagination to a world where rules were unbreakable. His record established the strength of finding your own way in your own body rather than copying the techniques of other people’s traditions. As he got older, Mike continued on to medical applications of the mind-body connection in university. After running into walls with standard medical practice in the United States and England, he left his health care roots for a little while. As the first internet boom was getting started, he joined the startup team of one company, then founded a couple more. Now through Strala, Mike has found his way back to health care done right: helping people let go of stress in their bodies and minds, enable their lives, and become their own best caregivers.Mike has climbed some of the world’s largest mountains in Alaska, the Alps, and the Himalayas. He’s now a cyclist and runner and spends as much free time as possible exploring the backcountry on foot, skis, and snowboard. He lives in New York with his wife, Tara, and baby, Daisy.
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