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Tripod Dolphin Pose
This is an excellent pose to begin your inversions journey! Keep your fingers spread wide, hug your elbows toward your sides, and keep your shoulder blades drawn down your back toward your tailbone to lengthen your spine. Hold for 5 breaths.
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If you are ready to lift your feet off the ground, try Tripod Egg. From Tripod Dolphin, bring one knee onto your tricep while maintaining your form, then the other knee to the other tricep.
L-Shape Handstand Prep with Wall
Use a wall to begin your Handstand practice. Start off on hands and knees in tabletop position with the soles of your feet against the wall. Slowly walk your feet up the wall, creating an “L” shape with your body. This will help you get used to being up on your hands.
Handstand Prep with Wall II
Once you are comfortable being on your hands, you can play with lifting one leg from the wall and extending it toward the sky.
Handstand Kick-Up Variation I
When you are ready to start kicking up, use the support of a wall behind you. Turn around to begin by facing the wall, so when you kick up it’s behind you. Take your time in between attempts and keep both legs active. Try to find balance with your legs apart, and if possible, practice each day for about 5 minutes.
Handstand Kick-Up Variation II
This is another option for those beginning a Handstand practice. Follow the same set-up steps as in the previous pose, however, when kicking up, bring the heel of the standing leg into your body to a tucked position.