Hello! Welcome to week 3 of our inversion yoga handstand progressions. We’re learning the handstand one step at a time, and by the end of the 6-part series you will have achieved handstand dominance!
Inversion Yoga: L-Stand
The next progression we’re going to work on is the L-Stand. This is meant to strengthen the shoulders, and encourage to play with balancing at a further distance away from the wall.
The L-Stand is difficult because it allows the possibility of falling both forwards and backwards out of the handstand. For this reason, it’s requires more strength & skill than a full handstand against the wall.
Get into an L-Stand by facing away from the wall, placing your heels at the edge, and your hands on the ground. Center your weight on your hands as your walk your feet up the wall, and stop when your body is making a 90-degree angle.
This is where it gets fun: Now that you are in an L-Stand, there are all sorts of drills & movements you can practice. You could…
1) Simply hold the L-Stand
2) Practice lifting one leg off the wall, and extend it straight upwards. Alternate legs as you practice
3) Lift one leg off the wall & extend it straight up. With your other leg, reduce the amount weight you are putting on it, so that your toes are barely touching the wall. Test your balance, removing your toes ever so slightly from the wall and hovering a few inches away
4) Widen your stance on the wall (spread your feet/legs apart), and use your abdominal muscles to keep your legs at a 90-degree angle. The straddle position “shortens” the length of your legs, reducing your ability to rest on the wall.
As you play with the L-Stand, don’t hesitate to go back and revisit the previous progressions for help.