Puppy Press Handstand

Definition - What does Puppy Press Handstand mean?

Puppy press handstand is considered the most basic and easiest of the handstand presses. Simply put, a press is a handstand in which the yogi pushes his/her hands into the ground and raises his/her legs, rather than jumping into the pose or otherwise using momentum to swing the legs up.

To practice the pose, the hands are placed flat on the ground, then one leg is bent and lifted off the ground. The other leg remains straight and lifts to the side, followed by the straightening of the bent leg, creating a straddle position. For the fullest expression of the pose, the legs are drawn together, pointing straight to the sky.

Yogapedia explains Puppy Press Handstand

As an inversion, puppy press handstand has numerous physical and emotional benefits:

  • Energizes the body and mind
  • Stimulates the immune system
  • Reverses blood flow, thereby improving circulation
  • Improves balance
  • Strengthens the arms, wrists and shoulders
  • Strengthens the core muscles
  • Opens the mind to a different perspective on life
  • Builds confidence

To build up to the full expression of the pose, beginners can practice against a wall. Yogis can also stand on yoga blocks at the beginning of the pose to ease the lifting of the hips.

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