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How Tara Stiles Preps to Balance in Handstand

Tara Stiles demonstrates 4 steps to work toward balance in handstand.

Down Dog

From standing, bend your knees and lean forward to bring your hands under your shoulders, spreading your fingers. Step your feet back, so that your body forms an inverted V shape, with your hips high. Pedal your feet so that your body sways a bit from side to side.

Handstand Prep 1

From Down Dog, step your right foot forward about a foot from your hands. On an inhale, lift your left leg up as you shift weight into your hands and come to your right toes. Soften your right knee as you exhale and release your left leg back toward the floor. Inhale and rock forward onto your hands, again lifting your left leg overhead.

Handstand Prep 2

Continue rocking forward and back with your breath. Roll around in your hips to find a way that feels great in your body. Maybe you catch some air. If it’s not enough to keep both feet off the ground, exhale, soften and relax back onto your right leg.

Handstand

If you do catch enough air to keep the legs lifted, shift your hips over your hands. Playing with the legs might help you find balance. Keep your gaze soft between your hands. Come out of the pose one leg at a time, softening both knees. Try the other side to even things out.