One of my all-time favorite genres is definitely old-school 90s R&B. I gathered some of my favorites from some of the dopest women artists, and put together this playlist. It always makes me want to move and I LOVE playing it when I teach. Good vibes are definitely guaranteed! Check it out below, and link with me on Spotify for the rest of my playlists!
In my last tutorial, I showed you a couple of ways to introduce blocks into your handstand practice. Once you've given those a try and are ready to take it to the next level, try this:
Use a block under just 1 hand to create an uneven foundation
This is a great prep for a 1-handed handstand, really helps to strengthen the obliques (side abs), and, of course, makes regular handstands feel way easier. Playing with variations like this is also a great reminder that we never need to get caught up in “doing” a pose, as there will always be another pose/ variation/ transition to work on - we’ll never be perfect, and we’ll never be done, so all we can do is work hard + have fun. Start off with just one block under one hand, and eventually build up to using two or more blocks (or other sturdy objects).
Here are a couple of things to keep in mind:
1. Set a solid foundation
Notice in this video that the bent arm (the one on blocks) is a bit further back than the straight arm. To have healthy alignment in wrists + elbows + shoulders, stack the shoulder of your straight arm over the knuckles (not the wrist) of that hand. For the bent arm, align the elbow directly over the wrist, so your forearm is perpendicular to the ground.
2. Use your core!
When you kick up you’ll need a bit more momentum than if both your hands were on the ground. Keep your top leg straight and come up on the exhale, using your core to pull you up as much as possible.
3. Square your hips
As you lift off, your hips will naturally want to go off to the side that is lower (so if your right hand is on blocks, your hips will want to go to the left). Be mindful of this, and use your obliques to pull your hips over your shoulders.
4. Use your legs for balance
Use your legs to help you balance. If you don't come quite far enough into the handstand, use your top leg to reach forward and help pull your hips up. If you come up a little bit too much, pull your bottom leg either in towards your chest or down towards the ground to restabilize yourself.
Let me know how it goes, or if you have any fun handstand variations for me to try!
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