Shoulder + Spine + Hip Alignment for Handstand

I just wanted to show you a diagram I drew which shows different kinds of handstand posture.
Pay particular attention to positions 1 & 6.

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Most people find themselves in position 6 instead of position 1 because limited shoulder mobility means their shoulders don’t open fully. This is why stretching the shoulders regularly can help us get to position 1.

Also notice in position 8 it’s possible to hold a tuck with the back and arms in straight alignment but it means leaning into the wrists and requires a lot of shoulder strength. Position 9 however is more easier on the wrists & shoulders but requires the bum to stick out with a slight back bend to counterbalance the tucked legs.

Anyway. Spend a bit of time thinking about each one and I can help you find your alignment when you come to class.

Consider getting some of these Resistance Bands which can be used to help progress your Strength + Flexibility

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An example of position 9 where the arms are vertical but the bum sticks out with a slight back bend to counterbalance the legs.

For more coaching on correct technique consider looking at the GMB videos.

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