Model: Lacey Grillos
“A flower does not think of competing against the flower next to it, it just blooms.”
- Strengthens shoulders, fore arms, low back, and abdominal muscles
- Opens vertebrae, hips, and neck
This is no doubt a challenge-pose. To get into it, one must be sufficiently warmed up and prepared. Begin in a handstand or forearm stand, externally rotate your shoulders, and press all five knuckles into the ground. Begin to raise your head and allow your knees to bend. Engage the abdomen and legs; keep your backbend even and maintain the breath to hold the posture.
- Begin in forearm stand, instead of hand stand (See photo).
- Begin in handstand about 1/2-1 ft away from a wall. Slowly begin to bend the knees and raise the head. Eventually, you can work your way away from the wall to a free standing position. In the meantime, you can still experience most of the pose’s benefits.