Ocean Luv Workouts: Headstands to Handstands

I woke up early this morning to get some yoga time on the beach in Hilton Head as I'm trying to learn to do a Handstand. For now I can only get to an assisted Headstand with a triangle base.  I started trying this about a week and a half ago, and would love to be able to do a freestanding Handstand in three to six months time.  Heck, I'll even settle for holding an L-Handstand of 20 seconds or more.

Why do I want to do handstands? Well, when you do them correctly, handstands strengthen pretty much every muscle in your body.  Your shoulders and arms in particular will get much stronger and your core strength will also be greatly improved. I originally read 10 Reasons to Do a Headstand Every Day and wondered if I could even even get my body into that position, so I gave it a try and fell in love with feeling like a kid.

Here's how I started:
  1. Faced the wall with a pillow under my head and held my hands in triangle position
  2. Two days later, inched away from the wall and tried to balance without relying to much on the wall
  3. After two days of practicing, held for 3-5 seconds away from the wall
  4. Two more days later, moved completely away from the wall and now trying to hold for 6 seconds or more
After being able to hold the triangle base for more than 20 seconds, I then hope to move towards spreading my arms into an L-Base and actually getting my head off of the ground into a Handstand.  Of course after more practice, I'd love to get to doing an actual freestanding Handstand, but for now I'm loving how fun it is to just stand on my head.

Andy was sweet enough to snap a couple of picks while I went through the rest of my yoga routine.
I wish I could spend every Sunday morning doing yoga on the beach, then maybe I would actually start fixing my bad form. 


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