I designed this course to be thorough and well rounded approach for anyone wanting to learn or improve their handstands. I asked my self what are the most essential skills for a beginner or intermediate student to practice if they are learning a handstand without the help of a coach or a spotter. What drills and techniques will give them the fastest results for their investment of time and energy so they will see results quickly. We start out general with big movements learning how to enter and exit the position with kick ups and cartwheels. And then build all the way up to the gritty specific details of alignment for hands, shoulders, ribs, back, hips and legs. The whole time developing handstand specific strength, and improving balance. These techniques are approachable for all levels and challenging to master.
How to get the most out of crawl position
The crawl position is an excellent movement that trains your body to work synergistically. It involves the entire body: developing scapular stability along with core and leg strength.
This video covers two different variations of headstands, including how to place your head and arms, and safe self-spotting using the wall. This is a great video if you are just learning how to do a headstand or you want some tips on how to make them feel more stable and less scary!
Hands for Handstands
When in a handstand don't overlook your hands. Your hands are the first point of connection, the first point responsible to help you balance. If your foundation is off, even the slightest bit, maintaining balance gets infinitely harder. Use this video to create good habits if you're new to handstands or to fine tune your line, if you have been practicing for a while. Balancing a handstand is a fluid process of making continual subtle adjustments with your open, active, intelligent, alighned hands. Exercise Breakdown 0:20 Wide Base of Support 0:48 Open the Palm 1:34 Weight in the Fingers 2:11 Wrist and Elbow Alignment 2:19 Hyperextension 3:14 Bent Arms 3:58 Downward Dog Walks 4:41 Arch of the Hand
Detailed progressions for learning or perfecting your cartwheel. A cartwheel is a foundational skill in more advanced tumbling and also a useful tool for falling safely from any handstand. This video is appropriate for absolute beginners and also useful for intermediate acrobats refining skills. Exercise Breakdown Jump Side to Side 0:27 Add a Lunge 0:46 Lunge to Lunge 1:10 Same Side Hand to Same Side Foot 1:33 Where to Look 2:18 Hand Position 2:47 Knee Cartwheels 3:08
Build a strong handstand with these simple easy progressive drills for mastering a kick up entrance to handstand. Great for beginning and intermediate students to practice alignment, and improve balance during transitions. These foundational movements are the building blocks of more advanced tumbling. Exercise Breakdown See Saw 0:57 Back Leg Kicks 1:23 Hops 1:48 Toe Touches 2:10 Arm Position 2:43
Forearm Stand (Pincha Mayurasana) Basics
This video covers a details description of how to position your arms and shoulders for this pose, including drills to learn how to safely kick up into forearm stand, and several ways to use the wall for safety and to train new skills. This video is perfect for anyone looking to improve consistency with this skill, or for someone learning it for the first time.
Shoulders For Handstands
Handstands uniquely require shoulder strength as well as core integration with the arms in an overhead position. In this video we use elbow stand exercises to isolate the actions at the shoulder joint, break bad habits of compensating in the lower arm for shoulder weakness, and build handstand specific strength and stability in the whole chain. These techniques are great for beginners gaining confidence being upside-down or experienced hand balancers looking for new a challenge. Exercise Breakdown 0:09 Should Blade Slides 0:53 Dolphin 1:28 Single Leg Lifts 2:21 Walk Up the Wall 3:25 Single Leg Tuck Press 4:53 Elbow Stand Balancing
Perfecting Your Line
Are you stuck in a Banana Back Handstand? Do you wish you could stay balanced in a straight line? Achieving better alignment in a handstand is not a quick fix but a continual process. This video establishes the correct direction to begin or accelerate this process. We breakdown the role of each individual body part while in the handstand position. We then add the weight of gravity and the control of balance to challenge the whole body's coordination while maintaining its position. Exercise Breakdown 0:09 Belly/Prone Elongation 1:29 Back/Supine Elongation 2:11 Transferring Balance Upright 3:40 Transferring Balance Upside Down
Introduction to Pre-hab and Conditioning Series
In this video series Emily Lesinski offers some of our favorite prehab exercise to keep your body feeling great whether your working back from injuries or if you are just looking to stay ahead of the stresses of practice!
Prehab for Low Back Stability
In this video Emily gives a breakdown of the importance of lower back stability for different areas of your movement practice. We also explore a few options for prehab conditioning to help your lower back feel great when you practice!
Prehab for Hip Stabilization
In this video Emily shares a few targeted exercises for preparing your hips to be able to strong through their full range of motion. These include targeted strengthening for the rotator muscles that stabilize the ball and socket joint of the hip. These are great exercises to prepare you for a practice that involves deeper leg flexibility like splits, acrobatics or handstands.
The hamstring group of muscles can often be challenged by movement practices that involve both deep hip extension or flexion. These exercises emphasize encouraging hamstrings stability in deeper ranges of motion of both forward folds and backbends.
Shoulder Strength and Flexibility
In this 20 min video, Michal will discuss the different directions we can move our shoulders, the common issues we encounter when moving into shoulder flexibility, and ways we can strengthen our shoulder girdle so that we can move into end ranges of motion with more ease, stability, and confidence.