you put your hands on the ground and bring your feet up the whole world ceases
to exist… kind of. Because you feel like a child again, for whom there is
nothing but what it does here and now. That’s what makes standing on hands more
than just an acrobatic trick.
If we have
nothing to do with acrobatics, circus arts or advanced yoga, standing on hands
may seem to us a very distant idea. “Standing upside down? It is not possible
for me!”. But the magic of this art is
that it is available to most of the average athletic people, although to master
it you need to start practicing.
a school of patience
Sure, it is
not easy to do a handstand. Mastering this skill requires patience,
self-confidence and commitment. The learning process can take many months and
progress only comes if we exercise regularly. Everyone has, of course, their
own learning pace and each body works differently - some will learn faster,
others will need more time. Regular training, however, is a must in any case if
we want to someday do a handstand without the help of a wall or assistance. It’s
a long way to go to master this skill, however, it’s an extraordinary journey,
also the one deep into ourselves, and it should become a pleasure and a process
that gives us joy.
your arms - a strong body
your arms is often seen as an exercise that you should physically prepare for
weeks before to gain strength in your arms and core. Of course, exercising is
rarely a bad idea, but the best thing you can do in order to get stronger for
handstand is… starting to do handstands themselves! Just trying to turn
upside down increases body awareness and strengthens it, even if we can’t
clearly see it. Our arms, belly muscles and back become stronger, we begin to
feel the muscles we have never used before and work with them more consciously.
It is very
important to start training handstands when you already know the basics and the
general principles of working with the body in this position. It is worth to join
a few classes or workshops with professionals. Having the right foundations, you
will avoid making mistakes from the very beginning and the later problem of
eradicating them from our practice. Correct body positioning, muscle tension
and feeling the balance are very important elements.
Handstand - perfect re-set
We like to do
sports because they distract us from everyday life and are a form of meditation
in motion. We are not always aware of this, but our mind really rests when we
do physical exercises. Standing on our arms is so physically and mentally
engaging that it leaves us no space to think about anything other than the movement
we are currently doing. It is exciting and provides the perfect reset after a
hard day. And satisfaction from the training gives a lot to our general mindset,
especially when we start to notice the effects of our hard work.
increases confidence and belief in your own abilities. It requires effort and
regular training, so if we achieve at least part of what we are ultimately
striving for, we should be glad that we have come this far. And getting to one
point only increases your hunger for getting to the next, assuming, of course,
that you won't be discouraged after a few weeks. If we finally manage to do a handstand,
or any other difficult physical ability we’re working on, which are reserved
only for the most persistent ones, we will believe in our own strength, as well
as our own ability to cope with difficult situations and acquire difficult
skills - not only in the gym, but also in everyday life.
your hands - it's healthy*!
upside down - whether by doing headstands, forearmstands or handstands - and
thus carrying the weight of our own body, we strengthen the bones, protecting
them from osteoporosis, increase blood supply and oxygenation of the upper body
parts. Our sense of balance improves, the strength of the arms and body
increases. *However, this is not an exercise for people who have serious health
problems, including heart problems, high blood pressure, eye diseases,
previously suffered back injuries, stroke or have problems with the joints of
the upper body. That is why it is worth talking to the doctor if we have doubts
whether turning upside down is a good idea in our case.
stands on your way, !