Episode 96: Jason’s Ideas for Overcoming Fear & Other Handstand Obstacles

Overcoming Fear of Handstand | Jason Crandell quote | yoga podcast

This episode is in response to the overwhelming number of questions we’ve gotten about Handstand. It’s full of yoga Handstand tips.

We explore the logistical side — what are the best prep poses for Handstand? And the emotional side, i.e., how do I cope with my fear of Handstand?  You’ll also learn:

* The vital triad of forearm, finger, and shoulder strength for Handstand

* Helpful prep poses yoga poses to help you build the strength for the pose

* The importance of understanding scapular motion when learning Handstand

* The muscles and actions that people neglect when they’re trying to learn Handstand

* How to manage and cope with your fear of Handstand

* Alternative poses that offer the same benefits as Handstand

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Pose Notebook: How to Practice and Teach Handstand
Peak Pose Sequence: Handstand
Four Creative Core Poses
A 7-Step Formula to Facing Your Fears (This post can be applied to fear of Handstand, too)


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  1. Thank you. This was very thorough and helpful. I will share this podcast and I’m sure to listen again several more times.

  2. Dear Andrea and Jason: Thank you so much for this podcast. I have been able to get up in head and handstand since day one (against the wall) but have never been able to balance, after decades practicing, for more than a few seconds at a time. I am excited to try Jason’s insights.
    On another and deeper topic: The way you spoke of your daughter as an empath touched me deeply. I felt like crying. Sopia-Rose is so fortunate and blessed to have parents who speak of her aptitude with love, acceptance and even admiration/appreciation. She will not have to battle self loathing and depression all of her life from being told by her parents and everyone around her as well as society as a whole that she is ‘gullible, naive, un-informed and that society does not work that way and that how she perceives the world is not real, that she is too sensitive and crazy and embarrassing’. I am truly happy for your daughter. The tears were for me. Thank you for breaking a cycle.

    • Hi Lisa, Thanks for those comments. I grew up feeling/being told I was “too sensitive,” too. Super painful. I think that yoga/meditation/Buddhism were the first situations where I felt like my empathy and sensitivity were OK. Empaths and sensitive people are so intuitive. We can hold space for other people to feel their feelings. That is an immeasurable gift to others. I hope you continue to feel that reinforcement from the universe. Warmly, Andrea

  3. Thank you so much for clarifying the role of the shoulder blades in this posture and all others where the arms lift overhead! I have heard “draw your shoulders down away from your ears” so many times. I had never felt comfortable with my arms lifted up until an Indian teacher told me to allow the shoulder blades to lift with the arms. Thank you!
    Otherwise, I would like to know how would you recommend working in handstand to a person with hyperextension in the elbows? Since you have all your weight in your upper limbs and you sould not allow the elbows to bend… I am not sure then if handstand is a good choice for an inversion. I am curious about what you think.
    Greetings from Belgium!

  4. Hi guys! Listening to this podcast today helped me overcome mi doubts and fears from all my life and jump up to handstand for the first time! Discovering for my surprise that I have stronger arms and core than I thought, and my limits are mostly in my mind and emotions.
    Thank you so very much for all the material and wise knowledge you share, for guiding us in this wonderful and endless evolution path 🙂

    • That’s great to hear, Jimena! Thanks for letting us know. Andrea


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