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Tips and Tricks – Adhomukha Vrksasana or Handstand

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May 21, 2018

“I like to turn things upside down, to watch pictures and situations from another perspective.”

Ursus Wehrli

Many people thinking that they can not do an exercise do not give it the importance it deserves; this is usually what happens with the handstand, so we want to tell you the benefits of handstand to encourage you to practice it.

Inverted postures like adhomukha vrksasana, increase the blood flow to the brain, flush out the toxins that have collected there and also improve our capacity for thought and concentration. Inversions are a sort of spa treatment for the internal organs, as they help release pressure and can ease problems caused by varicose veins, In addition pressure on the heart is reduced as gravity aids the return of venous blood to the heart. When you practice handstand you stretch and strength your shoulders , arms and wrists, you calm down your brain and ease mild depression and you also improve your sense of balance.

How to do handstand?

From a loose downward facing dog, bring the hands onto the floor, shoulder width apart, fingers facing forward. Bring the weight into the full of the hands and walk the feet in, with legs straight and hips lifted. Bend one leg and take that foot further in, kick up with the straight leg as you kick away from the floor with the bent knee. Bring the two legs together, and straighten them up, sop that the whole body is vertical, over the base of the hands firmly on the floor.

To hold the asana, ground the base of all the fingers into the floor, engage the triceps, and push away from the floor. Open your armpits and lift the chest away from the mat. Draw your abdomen in, grip the outer hips in, and firmly straight legs, extending the feet toward the ceiling.

Warning! If you suffer from high blood pressure, pressure in the eyes, glaucoma, carpal tunnel syndrome, ear infections, do not come into handstand.

Do you want to learn how to handstand? Come see the world from a new perspective with Dearbhla Glynn this Sunday the 27th of May at 11:30am. She will lead a handstand workshop where you will develop some new techniques to approaching handstands. Book your place here

With love

The Samadhi Yoga Family