SVR Murthy

You can do this if you know how to stand on your head using the wall as a support. Suupose you do know this, these are the things that might help:

  1. Not squeezing your legs and thighs together is a common beginner mistake. When you’re upside down, make your body as rigid as possible. By squeezing your thighs together, you’ll create more tension through your trunk and core.
  2. You don’t actually have to go out and lean how to play the piano. You also don’t have to learn how to play one with your feet. (Although, that would be impressive!) What I’m taking about is finger spacing and where the points of pressure should be on your hands. Your fingers should be spread apart as if you were playing the piano. This creates a wider base and provides a little more stability. Think about your fingers like the toes on your feet. Healthy feet have toes that are spread apart, providing greater balance and sensitivity. When you stand on your feet the pressure is spread across the toes, ball of the foot, and heel. During a handstand, the points of pressure on the hands will be similar to that of the foot. After all, we’re basically forcing your hands to act like your feet. The pressure should be placed on the tips of the fingers, underneath the first knuckles of the hands, and on the heel of the palms. The second knuckles should be raised and not touching the ground. We now have a wide base with sturdy points of contact. When your weight drifts too far forward, making you feel as though you’re about to fall on your back, you’ll push down into the fingertips pushing your body back into balance. When your weight drifts back, making you feel you’re about to land on your feet, you’ll push into the heels of the hands rebalancing your handstand.To grasp the concept further, try it out while standing on your feet. Stand up tall, lock your knees, and assume a rigid posture. Now, lean forward only hinging from the ankles. Your toes will dig into the ground in an attempt to prevent your from toppling over and push you back into balance. Lean back and your heels will press down, pushing you back into your upright position. When balanced in a handstand, we’re attempting to make your hands do the same.
  3. Another weak link in your handstand can come from inactive shoulders. Relaxing the shoulders during a handstand puts more pressure across the chest, makes you more likely to arch your back, and requires you to use more effort in order to hold the handstand. Combine those, and you have a recipe for one ugly and tiring handstand.Remember, during a handstand a rigid form is your friend and your body should only hinge from the wrists. In order to clean up your handstand, lock your shoulders into place and get them actively involved. This can be achieved by “reaching for the sky.When you’re upside down, think of reaching your hands through the ground. When you do this correctly, your shoulders will shrug up and hug your ears and your scapula will be elevated. By doing this, you’ll create stability through the shoulder girdle and be able to balance in your handstand with greater ease.  


Selecting a focus point while you’re upside down will go a long way in helping you maintain your balance. I suggest looking through the top of your eyes at a point between your hands and inline with your wrists - but don’t crane your neck. The goal is to stare at the point without moving your eyes at all.