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Level 2
10 min

Building Your Handstand

Ashtanga | By Jodi Blumstein on Apr 25 2012
Throughout the Ashtanga yoga system, handstand is utilized both as a transition pose, and a part of the backbend sequence.  Jodi will lead you through a step by step process to build your handstand and to understand where handstand sits in the Ashtanga Yoga System.

Description

Throughout the Ashtanga yoga system, handstand is utilized both as a transition pose, and a part of the backbend sequence. Jodi will lead you through a step by step process to build your handstand and to understand where handstand sits in the Ashtanga Yoga System.

Comments

  • Gwendoline Ngozi Odeluga      Sep 9th, 2013
    Time to work on my drop backs then :) Thank you Jodi.
  • OSCAR LEGARRETA     Sep 3rd, 2012
    A ver si te sirve....Saludos!
  • Lisa Martinez     Aug 25th, 2012
    Jodi....can you address handstands/dropbacks standing up and having had many children? I can't find anyone that can address that. I have had six children and can do many poses yet struggle with both. Thanks!
  • Jodi Blumstein     May 16th, 2012
    Hi Davira

    The feet and legs must be very active in all inversions. I have seen teachers teach flexed feet, but Guruji always yelled - POINT YOUR FEET! so there it is!
  • Davira Bareli     May 16th, 2012
    What are the actions of the feet in the full handstand? Are the toes pointed or flexed? Are the legs actively engaged or more passive as in headstand?
  • Kayla Sharrah     May 15th, 2012
    I've been attempting wobbly handstands forever. Thank you so much for giving a thoughtful and honest presentation of your views about this; time to restart my handstand practice!
  • Mahala Helf     Apr 25th, 2012
    Fascinating! Would love to see/hear your experience/guidelines about how to when to try drop backs. Does it matter how long/many urdvas your back is happy doing? Is it recommended to try alone using the wall? Should you be able to move hands & feet around in urdhva first? Urdva & camel seem relaxing to me while holding the anti-gravity backends(locust and bow) is my challenge, so I wonder if getting up might be much harder than dropping bac
  • Rebecca Powell     Apr 25th, 2012
    Do you recommend doing the donkey kicks at the wall if you don't have a spotter? I'm guessing if the knees are bent, you're much less likely to topple over accidentally, no?
  • Lisa Hagen     Apr 25th, 2012
    Best handstand instruction! I also follow P. Jois's way of progressing into a handstand. I have tight shoulders so it's challenging. Can u do a tutorial on handstand backdrop? I'm grateful for ur Ashtanga teachings...thank u!
  • evelyn jauvart     Apr 25th, 2012
    Thank you Jodi for this class, so helpful. I am trying to "pick it up" for suuuuuch a long time but even with the wall it's still kind of a scary thing to me.