Preparing for Handstand

Rachel Scott
Instructor Rachel Scott
Average: 4.9 (15 votes)
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In this practice, Rachel guides you to a peak pose of handstand prep pose where you will begin to cultivate the shoulder and upper awareness that is essential for supporting yourself properly upside down. Note: You will need a wall to do the practice.

This can either be done as a stand-alone class or as Day 2 of Rachel's 7-Day Inversion Challenge.

Equipment: Strap, Block
Style: Vinyasa/Power Yoga


Rachel Scott 2 weeks ago

Hi Lucy, that's wonderful to hear!! I'm a huge fan of taking small, practical steps and moving forward in your comfort zone - sounds like you're setting a strong foundation!

lpyles 2 weeks ago

I have been doing inversions for years. For handstand I can't get over my dependence on the wall. Over the last year, my goal has been to do a press to handstand. I was so excited when I saw you were offering this series. I know I have the strength, flexibility and balance, but there is something wrong in by positioning (and courage). I learned so much in this class. As always your ability to teach proprioception and kinesthesia is so beneficial to achieving progress. Thank you

Rachel Scott 2 weeks ago

AH yes!! Press handstand is such a tricky one. I think the most important thing is to know to develop confidence in inversions is to know how to fall out of it. If you can get out, then it's not as scary to go in. Most folks elect to "cartwheel" out to the side. I have a hard time with that, so I fall over into wheel (only okay if you are very flexible with wheel, though.) When it's a nice day out, it can be good to practice the cartwheel outside on a lawn or at a beach (or something with VERY forgiving surfaces. Once that gets more comfortable, then it can transition into the mat world. One day when we can do retreats again, handstands are excellent for practicing with a teacher to help, as they can get you into the middle of the room, but safely. Great to be with you on this journey~

lpyles 1 week ago

On my list of must do's is a DoYogaWithMe retreat! I have done yoga with you and a few other instructors for so many years and would so enjoy doing in person classes.

sng4ever 3 weeks ago

Another fantastic practice with Rachel, the queen of cueing. This is a great practice for anyone wanting to learn an inversion or has done them for years (to go back and check how your shoulders are being used).

Rachel Scott 2 weeks ago

LOL the Queen of Cueing!! I want to put that on my biz cards, now ;) So glad that you enjoyed~

cengstrom 3 weeks ago

Gosh, I found my body so calm and nourished after this practice. I could be wrong, but it felt like a sequence of subtle opening and closing of the heart chakra, which for me had the effect of gently dissolving any and all blockages in my chest. Rachel is really a master of calling equal attention to the physical shape of your body as well as the internal sensations and points of engagement you should focus on. Her classes have opened up a world of personal discovery about my body - especially those minuscule muscles and bones that didn't receive a lot of care and acknowledgment prior. Throughout my practice and in other classes on this site, I find myself striving for those same sensations that I first discovered in a Rachel class. I am looking forward to more strengthening, grounding, and lifting in this challenge.

Rachel Scott 3 weeks ago

I so enjoyed reading this thoughtful reflection...what a beautiful observation of the connection between the physical actions and the more energetic experience of the heart. So beautifully said~XO