About the Program

Our goal with the YogaSlackers 12 Days of Handstands is to empower participants around the world to train handstands wherever they are with the support of an online community.

In this page you will find this month’s training program. We update this page during the last days of the month. Join our newsletter to receive a notification when the new training program is loaded.

We also recommend you join our Facebook group to connect with our community of supportive and dedicated handstanders around the world.

 

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Practice your handstands on a wood board, hard carpet, or a thin yoga mat. This will help you absorb some of the pressure created on your hands while handstanding, without creating too much instability.

Avoid practicing on soft surfaces –  such as thick carpets, puzzle mats or thick yoga mats – as the instability created by them can put your joints in compromised positions.

Nothing fancy is needed. I use a homemade 1/2 in (3.81cm) plywood board.

 

Clear out some space around a wall or pillar in your home. Make sure to clear up enough space to create a safe fall zone in case you fall in any direction.

Remember to use your thin yoga mat or handstand board during your wall training drills.

 

We use yoga blocks to help us maintain proper forearm alignment. If you don’t have any, think outside the block and experiment using water bottles, books or boxes.

 

You will need to time the length of your handstands. It can be done with a friend and a chronometer or by trimming a video. 

Here are a few of our favorite apps to time our handstands: M Stopwatch, Handstand Quest, and Seconds.

 

Handstand training like any other training stresses your body. Take time after each training session and between training days to massage your body.

We recommend Armaid and RAD rollers. Check out our resource page for discount codes for both.

 

This Month's Drills

Choosing your Level

Warm Up

Full Warm Up Series
Warm ups are very personal. What your body needs to warm up, is probably really different than what is needed by someone else. If you are tight your warm up should focus on opening up your muscles and releasing tension. If you are very flexible, your warm-up may required more strengthening moves. If something hurts, then we need to release and prepare the muscles that support the aching joint.
There are so many variables. With that in mind, try this warm up series. It works for me and several of my students. I am looking forward to hear how it worked for you.

 

Full Belly to the Wall Practice with Stretching
A timed sequence for you to follow along. It features a 1 minute countdown timer. If you are holding your handstands for less than a minute – use the timer to know when is time to come up. You can even substitute some Belly to the Wall for Belly to the Ground.
It includes some stretching exercises between the Belly to the Wall Holds.

 

This Month's Drills

Supine Tuck Ups with Wall
This drill will help us understand the pathway we want to follow while entering a handstand through a Tuck Up.

 

Kneeling Pike with Blocks
Mastering the four variations of this drill will help you master all other handstand entrances.

 

Tuck Ups
⁣⁣Tuck ups are our favorite drill ever. Not really. They are the bitter medicine that one needs to take to daily.
Check another video explaining this drill in our IG account.

 

Belly to the Wall
Belly to the wall is an amazing drill. It may take you some time to make friends with it, but once you do, it will be your handstand’s best friend forever.
Check another video explaining this drill and the use of a spotter in our IG account.

 

Wall Scissor or Alternating Legs
Let’s find our core while learning to carry our handstands on our hands. You will need a pair of yoga blocks for this drill. They will help you maintain your forearm alignment. Do this drill after a few rounds on the Wall Tightness Drill.

 

Play Video
Cumulative Handstands
Enter a freestanding handstand. Unspotted.

Start a timer as soon as your feet leave the ground and stop the timer as soon as your feet return to the ground. During your next handstand you will continue the timer until you accumulate your desire time for the day.

Meditation

End each practice with 5+ minutes of meditation.

Explore how your core engagement helps you stay centered. Observe how the breath can create a shift in your center of gravity. See how you can modify your breath to take full breaths without rocking your body forwards and back. Then apply that change in your breathing pattern to your next handstand practice.

Just like in your handstand, it may be useful to video yourself from the side. This will allow you to see if you are leaning, curling or loosing your line in any way.

 

Report Your Progress

Post a video, image, quote or support message in our 12 Days of Handstands Facebook Group. It helps us stay inspired to practice! Post your successes, but most importantly post your struggles. Let’s use this group to support each other practices.

 

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