The full version of Palmstand involves lifting the hips and the legs off the ground into an L shape, supported only by the arms. It is difficult to do, but there are a couple of great preliminary steps to help move us in the right direction.
The first step, pictured above, is simply to lift the hips off the ground. Make sure that the hips go BACKWARD between your hands instead of forward. Virtually everyone can practice this. If it seems impossible to get your hips off the ground, or that your arms are too short (they're probably not!), you can put your hands up on blocks at the beginning.
Palmstand is hard to beat for its strengthening of the arms, shoulders, chest, abdomen and hip flexors.
Scott & Ida are Yoga Acharyas (Masters of Yoga). They are the head teachers of Ghosh Yoga. This blog is about their experience with yoga practice, study and teaching.
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