We’ve arrived at week three of handstand! By now you will hopefully be growing more confident when it comes to standing on your hands. You might even be ready to kick up, in which case this week’s focus will be essential.
Week three has us getting to grips with core engagement. Finding that balance between front and back body is a crucial part of handstand, and weaknesses in this area can present differently depending on what stage you are at with the pose…
Common Misalignment: At the kicking-up stage people tend to focus more on using momentum to get their feet over their head rather than a lift in the core. If getting up isn’t a problem but staying there is, it’s frequently a lack of engagement in the abdominals which then causes an overarching of the back and makes balancing tricky.
The Fix: From standing splits, shift the weight forward onto your hands. Suck the belly towards the spine and lift the back leg. Practice hoping up, but use the strength of the core and engagement of uddiyana bandha to exert control and gently lift off (think floating rather than kicking). Once up knit the low ribs towards the hip bones until you feel the hips stack right over the shoulders and wrists.