So you've made it past the fear of falling when kicking up, but you can't quite get the handstand to stay in place. Worry no more! Practice these compound movements and see your feet fly.
Basics of Handstand:
Before you begin working on these prep poses, go through 3-5 slow and controlled Sun Salutations.
Down Dog <-> Plank
Hold Down Dog for 5 deep breaths
Shift forward into plank & hold for 5 deep breath
Shift back and forth keeping the front ribs pulled in & low belly pulled in and up
Come to a smooth floor (pretty much anything besides carpet) with a folded blanket or towel. Place your feet on the blanket/towel and your hands on the floor in a forward fold.
Pressing into the hands, slide your feet and the blanket/towel back until you come into a plank. Hold for a breath.
As you exhale, slide the feet on the blanket/towel back up into the forward fold.
Keep the core engaged!
Repeat 5 times.
I don’t recommend so much using the wall as support for kicking up into handstand normally because you end up swaying your back too much so your feet are past your hips. When you practice kicking up away from the wall, you can feel the proper alignment.
Always give yourself a Child’s Pose and/or Savasana at the end of your practice!