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Sonal Chauhan can do this handstand variation with ease; what about you?

From making the skin glow to strengthening the core, actor Sonal Chauhan shares the many benefits of the asana

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |
November 19, 2021 10:00:59 am
sonal chauhanSonal Chauhan practices L shaped handstand like a pro. (Source: Sonal Chauhan/Instagram)

If you are unsure about being able to perform the handstand, you can always begin your journey with the L-shaped handstand, known to be the half-handstand variation, which is essentially a midpoint between standing in Tadasana and Adho Mukha Vrksasana (downward facing tree pose).

Wondering how to do it? Here’s actor Sonal Chauhan giving us a glimpse into her yoga practice with an L-shaped handstand that is known to build strength, stamina, and stability.

The introductory inverted pose for seasoned practitioners is known to be extremely beneficial to further one’s yoga progress.

 

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How to do it?

*Start by sitting away from the wall with the feet flat up against it.
*Take your hands and place them on the floor beside your hips; and flip over into a tabletop position.
*Lift hips up and gradually come into a downward dog pose with the heels against the wall.
*Engage the core and take both feet to the wall to come into L-shape.

Here’s why you should consider practicing it, as per the actor.

*Helps make the skin glow.
*Strengthens your arms and core by using the muscles in those areas to balance your body while you’re upside down.
*L-shaped handstand also brings in space in tight shoulders, allowing them to open and be more flexible.
*As with all inversions, you get a sense of immediate clarity in your mind when you bring yourself upside down, delivering fresh oxygenated blood to the brain and alleviating stress, anxiety, and depression.
*Relieves stress and neck tension.
*Tones the abdomen.
*Improves cardiac output; lowers heart rate and blood pressure.
*Improves spinal strength and alignment.

Contraindications

It is important to be mindful about the practice if are pregnant, or have low blood pressure, shoulder, spinal, and heart conditions.

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