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Drills for handstand?

renie2010-07-04 10:27:29 +0000 #1
Hello, at a yoga class I attended the instructor demonstrated a tricep type of exercise to build arm strength for the handstand. Does anyone know exactly how to do this? I cannot exactly recall. Or even better, does anyone have a link that would show this exercise? Despite tennis, swimming and lifting, I can't seem to hold my weight on my arms. Thanks very much for any info!
David2010-07-04 10:29:30 +0000 #2
Hi renie,

Can you provide more information about the general aspects of the exercise as there are MANY triceps exercises that fit the description you provide. Or would you be open to other exercises?
renie2010-07-04 10:47:59 +0000 #3
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Originally Posted by David



Hi renie,

Can you provide more information about the general aspects of the exercise as there are MANY triceps exercises that fit the description you provide. Or would you be open to other exercises?

Hi David

I would be in down dog and then lean down as I press the upper half of each arm down onto the mat. Then lift up, down etc, just working the upper half of the arms. I'm not sure if I am doing it properly. And yes, I am open to anything that will help.
Pandara2010-07-04 11:38:09 +0000 #4
Hi Renie,

I think what you might refering to is the Dolphin pose, here is a link to that pose: www.yogajournal.com/poses/2462

Done correctly it is a nice preparation for the headstand later on.
mikesbytes2010-07-04 11:10:04 +0000 #5
I have difficulty keeping my head off the ground in Dolphin pose, guess it will come with practice.

To get into the hand stand from Dolphin pose, do you following the actions taken to get into head stand?
renie2010-07-04 12:31:05 +0000 #6
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Originally Posted by Pandara



Hi Renie,

I think what you might refering to is the Dolphin pose, here is a link to that pose: www.yogajournal.com/poses/2462

Done correctly it is a nice preparation for the headstand later on.

Pandara, thanks! That's the START of the drill we did. There's another part where you kind of lift up the arms so you are working those triceps.
Pandara2010-07-04 11:23:57 +0000 #7
Hi Mike,

I have never followed the dolphin with a headstand. I use it for beginners in the months leading up to the headstand to prepare them for that and then I follow the steps to get into the headstand as being taught to me by my teacher and also as Siva has described here in another post on the Forum.

Dear Renie,

I am not sure about the lifting part, this might be a variation introduced by your teacher and I cannot really comment on that.
mikesbytes2010-07-04 14:01:20 +0000 #8
Sorry Pandara, I've miscommunicated, what I meant was to do the hand stand is the steps followed from the dolphin pose the same steps when doing a head stand?

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