3 Simple Drills for a Better Handstand

Handstanding isn’t that hard to do. Handstanding well is very hard to do.

I want to make handstanding well a lot easier for you and teach it in a way that’s sustainable.

Most of us learn handstand in a piecemeal way, taking tips and pointers here and there until we develop a weird frankenstein that can barely hold itself together.

Having gone through this process for over a decade, I’ve sifted the good stuff out of the endless recommendations and garbage and joined everything together in three simple drills.

This video details the two main elements of handstand, balance and duration, and provides drills that address each of these skills individually before combining them into a single drill.

This is the best way to learn handstand (trust me, I’ve tried everything else).

It’s the best method I know because it allows you to practice elements of handstand before you have the full pose mastered.

Instead of jumping onto your hands, crossing your fingers, and hoping it works out, these three simple (but challenging) drills are a realistic plan of action that will get you to your goal of handstand much faster and more efficiently:

  1. Balance: Utilize “tuck ups” to find your balancing point over time. It takes a lot of jumps to find that point, but what’s the rush?
  2. Duration: Get to the wall and use it to build handstand-specific strength without having to worry about balancing.
  3. Both Balance and Duration: Combine both skills with the use of “tick tock”, splitting the legs to widen your center of gravity and using the all as a safety net (not a crutch) to slowly make your way into the full pose.

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About the Author:

Joe is the Founder of Icewater Yoga. Fascinated by the intersection of yoga and sport, his goal is to help athletes develop a consistent yoga practice. He lives in Claremont, CA with his wife, Jill.