Pose of the Week | ‘L’ Pose, Prep for Adho Mukha Vrksasana (Handstand)

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At Om Point Yoga, we are known to "turn up"...upside down that is, by practicing handstands. Many of our new students are fearful of handstands or they have weak upper body and core muscles. So we incorporate handstand prep poses, like the ‘L’ Pose, to facilitate proper form and muscular strength. The focus is to bring the hips/legs to a 90 degree angle at the wall (L-shape) while pushing down through the hands without letting your shoulders collapse. Most folks are amazed by the level of difficulty of this "prep pose" but the handstand payoff is well worth it. Initially, we practice holding the pose for at least 5 breaths (2 to 3 times). You can continue to work your way up to holding the pose for at least one minute.

Benefits:

  • Strengthens the shoulders, arms, wrists, and core muscles
  • Facilitates muscle memory
  • Improves sense of balance
  • Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression 
Posted on July 24, 2013 and filed under Yoga, Yoga Poses.