Yogasana: Handstand #atozchallenge

My theme for this year’s  #atozchallenge is – 26 Yogasana. So brace yourself for 26 days of stretching, backbends and inversions, as I take you along my upside down evenings, sincerely hoping that you will find these posts helpful 🙂

Adho Mukha Svanasana or Handstand

While growing up, I wasn’t into gymnastics or ballet or any other sport that required arm-strength or flexibility. So when I first started doing Handstands, they were really really tough. It took me a year to be finally able to hold myself against the wall (which I diligently posted everywhere in social media :P) It was a feat I thought I would never accomplish.

I used to practice a lot between doorways, to learn balancing on my arms and to be able to hold the weight of my body.

It would probably take me another year or more to safely move away from the wall, but right now, I am concentrating more on increasing my upper body strength and have a correct alignment.


Here’s a video I made to show you some of the preparatory poses for a handstand. Please make sure you have warmed up your wrists and shoulders before attempting inversions. Please do not overwork your wrists, I know one tends to get ambitious but it’s not really good for your body.


Disclaimer: I am not an Instructor or Yoga teacher, only a regular Hatha Yoga practitioner who is passionate about fitness. I am writing this series to detail my learning and experience during the practice. Please consult a Physician/Doctor before starting any exercise regime as some of the poses might contradict with your existing medical issues, for example injuries related to spinal cord, knee, ankle, wrists, neck, medical conditions like Migraine, Diabetics, Asthma etc.

Stay Strong and Humble. Namaste!

Previous Posts:
A: Always Stretch – Anjaneyasana
B: Being a Wannabe Crow
C: Chakrasana
D: Dandasana
E: Eight Angle Pose
F: Fallen Angel Pose
G: Garudasana

14 thoughts on “Yogasana: Handstand #atozchallenge

  1. Wow! That’s a hard one Raji and you are already doing very well. I know the arm strength and ability to use the core here would be so critical.
    Fantastic form!

  2. I have often been unsuccessful with headstands. I don’t try it anymore. My muscle strength is not that great. You’re such a pro at these things. 🙂

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