Preparing for Handstand: 7 Alignment Tips for “L” Handstand

Updated: Mar 3

By Allison Ray (Schleck) Jeraci



As a yoga student, it can be wildly intimidating to be in class and all of a sudden you hear “take your mat to the wall for Handstand (Adho Mukha Vrksasana) practice.” Your eyes look across the room to watch other students pull their mat to the wall and often you will see students who are actively handstanding or working on kicking up while other students are in Balasana (Child’s Pose) or Viparita Karani (Legs Up the Wall Pose) for their inversion practice.


As a yoga teacher, I try to bridge the gap for students who are new to the practice of Handstand. At times, it appears that there are two avenues for yoga practice; the dos and don’ts, the cans and the can'ts. As yoga practitioners, we also know that our world is much more flavorful than just these two options.


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