Anyway. Let's go for good old fashioned handstand this month. I could use work not on getting up, but on staying up once I get there. I tend to go up and then play around with balance and end up falling rather quickly. So this month, let's play with staying up for a while. Keep connected to the wall if you need to and stay for 10 breaths, or if 10 is easy... stay for 1 minute, or if 1 is easy... stay for 5. You get the idea. Go up, stay up, and challenge yourself!
This pose is easy to work with if you're not quite there yet. Practice downward facing dog, and 3 legged dog. Or practice 1/2 handstands. You can also play around with getting a good strong push and swing with your legs to build power towards getting to the wall or your friend's support.
But,whatever you do, STAY PUT.
Some poses that could help with handstands are:
Plank to build the heart melt and stamina, arms hug the midline
Downward facing dog heart melt and stamina, arms hug the midline
Parsvottanasana to open the hamstrings
Standing Split to strengthen and open the hamstrings
And, as with any inversion, check your foundation first and make sure you have that good juicy heart melt with your shoulders working all the principles.
Handstand for me is a fun pose and one that I took very lightly as I learned it. If you're not there yet, just laugh each time you come down and try again. Let it go. It's a great pose for that.
And when you ARE there, build that stick in there attitude and play play play. Hopefully once we've all expanded our time in handstand all month this pose will have some real power and energy, and when we finally come to floating up all on our own in the center of the room, it will be No Sweat to stay for hours.
Enjoy! leave a comment if you give it a shot.