Let’s face it: Yoga inversions can be intimidating. Sure, famous yogis make handstands and headstands look easy, but maybe you’re not quite ready to throw your legs in the air like you just don’t care. But there’s good reason to get vertical: Handstands and other forms of yoga inversions can strengthen muscles in your arms, shoulders and upper body, and require superior core strength to stabilize the body. Plus, you’ll increase circulation to your upper body and relieve pressure on your legs and feet.
If you’re healthy (and daring) enough to try to defy gravity, DailyBurn trainer Briohny Smyth demonstrates how to prepare and stretch for the handstand by focusing on your hands, wrists and core. She also breaks down the best ways to strengthen your core to help you master inversions.
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