adho mukha vrksasana

handstand

energizing * builds confidence * hones attention & focus * shifts perspective * strengthens upper body * reverses effects of gravity on spine 

MUSCLES: gluteus maximus * psoas major * rectus abdominus * internal oblique * external oblique * spinal extensors * latissimus dorsi * trapezius * deltoid * triceps brachii * flexor carpi radialis

PREP POSES: adho mukha svanasana * bidalasana * chaturanga dandasana * garudasana *  gomukhasana * navasana * phalakasana * pincha mayurasana * salamba sirsasana * shishulasana * tadasana * urdhva dhanurasana * urdhva hastasana * urdhva mukha svanasana * vasistasana * standing splits * uttitha hasta padangustasana * 3-legged dog

COUNTER POSES: balasana * savasana * uttanasana

MODIFICATIONS: Practice at a wall for stability

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RESOURCES
Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual ~David Swenson
Yoga Anatomy ~Leslie Kaminoff & Amy Matthews
Yoga Sequencing ~Mark Stephens