One-Handed Handstand

Definition - What does One-Handed Handstand mean?

One-handed handstand, or one arm handstand, is an advanced inversion posture where the yogi balances on one arm while the body and feet reach up to the sky. One arm handstand is entered from handstand; the yogi shifts their weight and balance to the midline as they unweight their floating arm and balance from one arm.

One arm handstand is known as eka hasta adho mukha vrksasana in Sanskrit.

Yogapedia explains One-Handed Handstand

One-handed handstand is an advanced variation of handstand that requires yogis to develop great strength and a refined mind in order to correctly balance and remain steady while upside down and balancing on one arm.

The posture is considered advanced, as the yogi will shift the weight of the body to the midline while holding tension throughout the body, using only one arm to balance and support the posture. One arm handstand is a playful pose, and like all inversions, it elevates and improves mood, boosts confidence and increases circulation to your brain. Increased circulation to the brain, thus, stimulates the pituitary gland, which is the control center for the endocrine system and regulates the release of hormones.

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