Mastering the Handstand: Insider Tips and Techniques

mastering the handstand

Mastering the handstand is many a yogi’s dream, and these are some insider tips and techniques for getting there faster.

It is a popular instagram post for gorgeous yogis, and bikini clad fitness gurus; a handstand (or headstand) in an exotic location. But how is it achieved?

The handstand is a challenging yet rewarding skill that combines several key fitess elements. It requires strength, balance, patience, skill and technique.

Mastering it is a great way to improve your upper body and core strength, as well as your overall body awareness.

By focusing on building strength, improving technique as well as body awareness, and practicing consistently, anyone can master the handstand.

Have fun with different variations and transitions, and this is one of those fitness exercises that you can do to enjoy the journey of learning and improving, not just the end result.

Upper body weights are a good idea before attempting a hand stand to ensure arms are strong.


It is essential to build strength in both the upper body and core muscles before you attempt a hand stand.

Exercises like push-ups, planks, upper body weights, and hollow body holds can help build the necessary strength to hold a handstand.

It’s also essential to work on wrist and shoulder mobility to avoid injury.

Technique: Technique and Form Proper technique and form are crucial to achieving a successful handstand.

Begin by practicing the right hand placement and positioning, and work on building the strength to hold your body in a straight line.

A helpful technique is to use a wall for support, practicing kicking up into a handstand and holding the position with your feet resting against the wall.

Body Awareness:

Body awareness is essential when doing a handstand. This means being aware of your body’s overall position and keeping it aligned and balanced.

Practice different handstand variations, such as straddle handstands and tuck handstands, to improve body awareness and balance.

Once the basic hand stand has been mastered, other yoga positions can be explored and adapted.

Consistency and Persistence:

Like any physical skill, mastering the handstand requires consistency and persistence. And remember that each day your body will react differently to the day before so take it slow.

Set aside time each day to practice handstands, focusing on building strength, improving technique, and increasing body awareness. Make sure you can fall safely.

Don’t get discouraged by setbacks or falls; they are a natural part of the learning process.


Once you’ve mastered the basic handstand, you can get creative and have fun with different variations and transitions.

Try moving into other yoga poses from a handstand, like a handstand scorpion or handstand split.

Play around with different hand placements and leg positions, and find what feels best for your body.

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Renae Leith-Manos

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Renae Leith-Manos loves fitness, new beauty products, long chats and long flights. She is at her best when traveling the world writing about luxury hotels and Michelin Star restaurants ( She has had a colourful media career as a journalist inmagazines and newspapers, in Australia and Asia. She spends her time writing, cooking, consulting to new businesses, running and working out.

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