Adho Mukha Vrksasana (Handstand) – Overview

Lesson Overview

  • Features: Adho Mukha Vrksasana (Handstand / Downward Facing Tree), and related poses such as Half Handstand and Handstand Hops
  • Objective: Become knowledgeable about the pose and review detailed teaching considerations.
  • Description: Explain the Sanskrit naming; contraindications and cautions; associated benefits and typical effects; instructions for setting up and practicing the pose; variations to meet particular intentions and needs; and more teaching considerations.

Adho Mukha Vrksasana

ah-do moo-kah vriks-SHAHS-anna

“adho” = downward

“mukha” = face

“vrksa” = tree

Downward Facing Tree Pose

Also known as: Handstand

Heart of Pose

  • Arm Balance
  • Inversion

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