This morning something pretty cool happened.
I was going through the moves of my at-home yoga practice making sure to do all the poses that increase my energy — sun salutations, Surya Namaskara B, warrior 3, and more. I purposefully included several jump backs in the sequence….giving my core an extra opportunity to engage.
As I was reaching the end of the series, I knew it was time. I was feeling strong. A little courageous. I had to take a turn at handstand.
But I was going to do it at the wall.
Here’s how it went down (I mean, UP!)
On the first try, it happened! Legs went straight to the air, body balanced. I stayed there for several seconds.
On the second try, I did it again. This time with a bit more purpose and confidence. It felt so right!
On the third try, I could still do it! And it was very controlled with focus.
I was ready to bring it back to the center of the room.
But then I felt something else.
FEAR — I was petrified!
Fortunately I didn’t let it take over. I gave it another go, and I got it!
Here are the secrets to my success:
- It’s all in the core.
Having my practice include a ton of jump backs was an extremely useful prep for handstand.
- The inner thigh also plays a major role.
By allowing the inner thigh of the lifting leg to lead the pose, I found much more control.
- Slow and steady will get you there.
I used to think it was about kicking up with a fury. But it’s really just a little lift led by the core and inner thigh. It’s actually quite subtle.
- Falling down isn’t the worst thing ever.
Yes, I did lose my balance which caused my body to flail wildly to the floor.
But it was okay. I was able to catch the fall (sort of). And most importantly…
I gave it another go.