Handstands have really started clicking for me the past year. I started out trying to fling myself up into a handstand a 1000 times in a row to get a couple of random seconds of air time. Now I’m finding so much stability in my hand balancing and getting consistent air time almost every time I enter a handstand.
I have learned so much about handstanding the past year. Both from participating in heaps of handstand intensives, workshops, and classes but also from having a consistent handstand practice, lots of trial and error, and handstand play.
I wanted to share all the stuff I’ve learned with you all so I’ve decided to write a comprehensive handstand guide right here on this blog. The guide will include all of the things I wish I knew, when I first started practicing handstands.
I’ve divided The Complete Handstand Guide series into 5 different blog posts. Each new post will be building on top of the principles from the former post(s) so you can stop at any stage of the series that fits where you are in your handstand journey!
The Complete Handstand Guide For Beginners includes:
- 1 – How to build the foundational strength and flexibility for handstand
- 2 – How to find the most efficient and stable shape for handstand
- 3 – How to build up the courage to go upside down by the wall
- 4 – How to create balance in a free handstand + different ways to enter the handstand
- 5 – Handstand rehab exercises to release the wrists and shoulders to recover and balance out the body after handstanding
I’ll update this post with direct links as soon as the individual posts go live. That way you can jump straight to the step of the guide you want to learn more about, if you’re reading this after the posts go live.
Your handstand journey, your rules
There are so many different ways to handstand and mine is just one of them. By sharing this series, I’m not saying that the way I handstand is the only right way to do it. I’m sharing the series because I want to share what helped me in my handstand practice and what I’ve seen work in other people’s handstand practices too! If anything doesn’t feel right for you, feel free to do it differently.
Remember that you’re super welcome to skip some steps if some of the exercises and drills don’t feel good to you. Also remember that nobody is so advanced that they don’t benefit from revisiting the foundations sometimes.
No matter how you choose to use my handstand guide I urge you to check in with yourself and notice how your body responds to the exercises/drills. If an area starts hurting, it’s probably because it’s overworked. If that is the case for you, I recommend allowing more time for recovery in between practicing or decreasing the load / weight you put on that area for a while.
I’m so excited for you to jump into the handstand series! When you’re ready, head to the first post in the series by clicking the button below.
Best of luck on your handstand journey!