I was never good at handstands growing up. I admired anyone who could find balance upside down. This led me on a journey as an adult to be able to stand on my hands.

I learned that foundation is everything. I was lacking strength, body alignment and awareness. Building basic strength and stamina has allowed me to focus on the body alignment needed for handstands. Building strong and stable shoulders and core muscles is one of the very best things you can do to prepare yourself.

My handstands are not always perfect, but I now feel like I have control, consistency, self-awareness, self-confidence and enough strength to hold on.

If you don’t normally practice planks or handstands, your wrists will probably feel sore after working on the following exercises, so take breaks or gradually add exercises to build up your wrist strength.