Students and teachers constantly ask me how to sequence intelligently to make challenging poses more accessible. The answer is simple: Look for the key actions and shapes within the “impossible” pose. Even the biggest and baddest of asanas have actions that can be mastered by all levels of practitioners. If you can teach them to your students (or yourself) in a different relationship to gravity, you’ll be in the fast lane to achieving your challenge pose.
Let’s try this with a Handstand variation—one leg in full Handstand with the second leg extending parallel to the ground. This take on Handstand requires core and pelvis awareness, with a stable shoulder base. Practice the following traditional poses that mimic the shape and actions of our challenge pose to get you on track for the full experience.