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Handstand

Blood circulation, core

Coach's Tips

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How to

Starting Position

1. Start by finding a wall or other support surface and stand facing it. 2. Place your hands on the ground in front of you, about shoulder-width apart. 3. Step one foot up onto the wall, and then the other. 4. Move your feet up the wall until your body is in a straight line from the crown of your head to your heels.

Proper Form

1. Slowly shift your weight over your hands, keeping your legs straight and your toes pointed. 2. As you shift your weight, begin to move your feet up the wall to straighten your body in a line from head to toe. 3. As you get further into the move, start to lift your feet off the wall and into the air, using your core to balance. 4. Once your feet are in the air, try to keep your body in a straight line, pressing your shoulders away from your ears.

Breathing Technique

1. As you move into the handstand, take a deep breath in. 2. As you balance in the handstand, slowly exhale. 3. As you come out of the handstand, take a deep breath in.

Precautions

1. Make sure you are comfortable and safe when attempting the handstand. 2. Don't attempt to move your feet up the wall too quickly. 3. Be conscious of your breathing and use it to help you balance. 4. If you start to feel uncomfortable or lose your balance, come down slowly and safely.

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