L-Shaped Handstand is a fun way to do an inversion and practice your handstands with the support of a wall. Let’s get into the perks of this pose!
This pose definitely strengthens your arms and your core by using the muscles in those areas to balance your body while you’re upside down. L-Shaped Handstand also brings in space in tight shoulders, allowing them to open and be more flexible.
As with all inversions, you get a sense of immediate clarity in your mind when you bring yourself upside down, delivering fresh oxygenated blood to the brain and alleviating stress, anxiety, and depression.
L-Shaped Handstand Step-By-Step
- Start with sitting away from the wall with your feet flat up against the wall.
- Take your hands, place them on the floor beside your hips; and flip over into a Tabletop Position.
- Lift your hips up and come into a short Downward Dog with your heels against the wall.
- Now engage your core and take both feet to the wall to come into L-Shape.
- Breathe, breathe, breathe!
- Your hands should be stacked underneath your shoulders. Gaze is directed to the wall so that your spine is parallel to the wall you’re gazing at.
- You can also try slowly extending one leg to the ceiling to practice your regular handstand, but also remember that the key here is to go slow and engage your core to protect your back.
Have fun with this one!