April 10, 2011

Adho Mukha Vrksasana

Adho Mukha Vrksasana ~ Handstand

Adho: Downward
Mukha: Face
Vrksa: Tree

Type of asana: Inversion

Press down to lift up. The main obstacle in this pose is the fear of falling. I find a good way to overcome this anxiety is to step out of the yoga studio and onto a soft plod of grass where you can kick up hard and fall on purpose dissipating any fears of the unknown (Spoil Alert: You'll probably end up in wheel and it will probably feel amazing.)

Do a lot of down-dogs to prepare yourself for handstand.

This pose relieves stress and mild depression and improves your sense of balance and strength.

Do not cramp your neck when gazing at the floor, if your heels are against a wall feel free to look into the middle of the room.

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