an in-depth look at puppy press handstand by Abbe Ciulla
What's the saying about old dogs and new tricks?
I've been working on handstand presses for years. Only within the last couple weeks have I found control with my puppy-press into handstand. I remember once asking a teacher how to do a handstand press & she shrugged me off and said "I don't know, some people can do it and some people can't." At that moment I thought "well maybe I'm just one of those people who can't."
Not true. And such a great example of self-limiting behavior. I couldn't, now I can. We all have the capacity. You want to press, you will press. It may take a month, it may take a decade. If you're working on an aspirational yoga pose, learn and practice the gateway poses. Give your all to those seemingly insignificant postures because within them lies the high level asanas. Puppy press relies on having strength and stability with the muscles in and around the shoulder, as well as full mobility for the hips (and all 22 muscles that tie into them!)
Are you working on puppy press? I've compiled and in-depth investigation on how to strengthen and align the body for this type of handstand as well as the best gateway poses associated with puppy press.
Repeat after me: wrists, shoulders, hips, hammies.
There is so much dangerous disinformation surrounding shoulder alignment in handstands. At some point, somewhere, somebody told us to drop the shoulders back and down. Let me get this out of the way right now- shoulders go in the direction of the hands. If your hands are down your shoulders can fall back and down. If your hands are up your then the shoulders must come up. Why? If your arms are overhead and you drop your shoulders back and down you are essentially dislocating your shoulder. If your arms are overhead bearing no weight this could eventually cause loose shoulder, if you do this while in a handstand or holding any amounts of weight overhead you could end up with a severe dislocation and possibly a tear one of your precious rotator cuff muscles.
Handstands are, in essence, a weight bearing exercise very similar to shoulder presses or thrusts.