Yoga Pose: Handstand with Splits

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  • Handstand with Splits

  • Category:
    Arm Balance and Inversion / Balancing
  • Difficulty:
    Expert
  • Description:

    From an inverted position, balancing on the hands, one leg is extended forward and the other leg is extended back with equal and opposite force to maintain balance. Depending on flexibility the legs are either extended straight or the knees are bent. Arms are straight, the eye of the elbow is to the front of the room, Bandhas are engaged and the hands are pressed firmly down into the earth. In this pose the arms are the fulcrum point that regulate the weight of the legs like a teeter-totter. Keep the balance of the two legs equal in order to avoid toppling over. The gaze is down and forward.

  • Benefits:

    Strengthens the shoulders, arms and wrists. Stretches the belly. Improves sense of balance. Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression.