The first progression from last week taught you the hollow body position & how to handstand facing the wall. We had you do these two drills first to teach you how to recognize the “feeling” of good handstand form. Now as we move on to the handstand facing away from the wall, it’s your responsibility to monitor your form & make corrections.
Inversion Yoga Week 2: Handstand Facing Away From Wall
Enter the handstand by facing the wall and placing your hands on the floor about a foot away from the wall. Extend one leg upwards, and use the other leg to “hop” up until your extended leg is on the wall. Finally, bring your other leg up so that both heels are on the wall.
With the handstand facing away from the wall, the biggest temptation is to “cheat” by allowing your lower back to arch. This is bad! Work to engage your lower abdomen to flatten out your lower back as much as possible.
You can see in the picture to the left that even though the angle of your body leans backwards (which is not something you’re going to do in freestanding handstands), your lower back does not “cave” or “arch”. Your body should be making a strong, straight line from hands to feet.
Another way to put it is only your heels should be touching the wall. If your legs or butt touches the wall – yet your hands are still a foot away – then it means your back is arched & needs to be fixed.
This week, spend time playing with both the handstand facing away from the wall, and the previous progressions from last week.