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, by learning how to do a handstand, you’ll be able to increase circulation to your upper body and maybe even relieve pressure on your legs and feet.
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If you’re healthy (and daring) enough to try to defy gravity, Daily Burn trainer and yoga expert Briohny Smyth demonstrates how to lay the groundwork. First, you’ll learn proper grip and stabilization exercises, focusing on your hands, wrists, shoulders and core. Smyth also breaks down the best ways to strengthen your core to help you master inversions. Keep coming back to this handstand tutorial and bet you’ll be high flying by National Yoga Month!