About the Pose
urdhva = up; hasta = hand; tada = mountain; asana = posture
Looking for a shortcut to balancing in Handstand? There isn’t one. But, this pose provides ample opportunity to identify and address the limitations in strength, openness, and skill that is required to do an optimally aligned Handstand.
This pose prepares well for any asana in which we seek maximum shoulder flexion or abduction without lumbar extension or thoracic flexion. To really master it, try it lying on the floor or standing against a wall for a while to provide feedback about the position of your body before taking the shape to standing in the center of the room hip flexion, , where the feet are the only things touching a solid surface.
Asana Tech Specs
Overall Tapas Ratings
Sthira / Strength: 2 of 5
unyielding, firm, hard, solid, compact, strong, fixed, immovable, motionless, still, calm, not wavering or tottering, steady, durable, constant, steadfast, resolute, persevering
Sukha / Range of Motion: 2 of 5
yielding, ease, good space, a perfectly round axle hole
Svadhyaya / Knowledge: 2 of 5
study of the self