The handstand challenge

OH MY GOSH handstands! I hate being upside down! This just feels weird. You can’t balance on your hands! No don’t do it!

These are recurring thoughts (the watered-down version) that race through my very supportive mind every time I attempt the handstand.

I’ve been trying and trying almost daily now to kick myself up onto a wall, but to no avail. Needless to say, I’m terrified of this particular inversion, and anything gravity-defying for that matter. Any inner ‘monkey’ I had in me disappeared since I fell head-first climbing something as a child. But this fear! How to gently overcome it?

The handstand challenge has prompted me to do some research on relevant build-up exercises, as well as psychological advice on how one may work through the fear. If you too are on the same boat of absolute terror, here’re some resources that may be of help:

  1. From Yoga Journal
  2. From Breaking Muscle
  3. Video tips on kicking up

I’ll keep trying!