How To Do A Forearm Stand – 3 Tips For Beginners
Got your headstand down? It’s time to take it up a notch and find out how to do a forearm stand.
This move builds a strong upper body and core, and if there’s one person who knows all about this, it’s Jessica Olie.
The creator of e-book #Letsstartyoga, the yogi was the May 2016 cover girl for Middle East, has amassed 303k followers on Instagram, and can twist her body in ways we can only dream of.
Here she shares her top tips for how to do a forearm stand.
1. Don’t use a wall.
Using a wall makes it too easy and your body starts to rely on it. It’s like using crutches when you can walk – you start to depend on something you don’t need instead of using your body to get you up in the movement.
Using a wall doesn’t push you to bridge the gap between the mind and the body.
2. Align your body.
Make sure that you’re starting your joints above each other. You want your elbows in line with your shoulders and your fingers pushing into the mat.
3. Start slowly.
When you’re going into a forearm stand, don’t think of yourself as a rocket launcher. Start off nice and gently, making sure that each time you’re kicking off a little harder.
The most important thing about any inversion is getting your hips over your shoulders, so lead the movement with your hips instead of your feet – you’re more likely to end up balanced that way.
So what food fuels this yoga pro?
‘Before yoga I don’t eat anything. It’s important to listen to your body and everyone is different but personally I find it’s better to practice on an empty stomach. I feel like I’m much lighter and stronger on an empty stomach. After a workout I’ll have some water, a banana, oats or a nice smoothie.’
If you want to build up to the expert yoga poses that Jessica makes look so effortless, she says the key is practice, practice, practice.
‘The best way to get better is to familiarise yourself with the movement and practise it over and over. Arm balances like dolphin pose are excellent for forearm stands because it’s essentially the same pose but with your feet off the ground. Everything in your body is connected, so just focusing on strength based poses is not going to help you – you need well rounded balance.’