Updated: Mar 3
By Allison Ray (Schleck) Jeraci
“L” Handstand is an introductory inverted pose for seasoned practitioners that builds strength, stability, and stamina. It is the midway point between standing on your feet in Tadasana (Mountain Pose) and standing on your hands in Adho Mukha Vrksasana (Handstand Pose).
Methodically approaching the “L” Handstand gives the practitioner a sense of understanding and security going upside down rather than a feeling of pressure to go up or rest in another pose while the rest of the class practices. In this article, I will go over four accessible ways to learn “L” Handstand which will foster a unique learning experience that most yoga practitioners can access and practice to get to “L” Handstand. These components can also give everyone something useful to practice as an alternative to more challenging inversions.