Learn how to Handstand with strength and confidence with Jacob.
These Monthly classes are specifically to provide drills to help students unpack all the fun parts that make up handstands — including strength, flexibility, dynamic movement, alignment, falling and playing.
During the class we will explore:
The classes are set around learning handstands from the ground up and will provide students of all levels with tools to develop and strengthen their handstand.These classes are designed to help build consistency into your handstand practice and will aid each student with a specific personal goal to achieve over an open timescale.
If you’ve been working on your handstand for a while now, but are still struggling with your balance and endurance upside down, don’t worry — you're not alone.Ask any longtime hand balancers and they'll tell you that consistent handstands take years to build up to. Yes, there are several ways to work smarter to help speed up the process — which I’ll share with you! — but you have to be patient and willing to put in the work.
Handstands Require Practice!
There are some exercises you can work on sporadically and still make progress — but handstands are not one of them. More than anything else, the key to a solid handstand is consistency. To build up to a solid handstand, you’ll need to spend time working on them almost every day (but please, give yourself at least one day off a week to let your body rest). If you’re fairly new to handstands, you’ll need to start by working on your handstand line and building up your endurance for holding yourself on your hands. Having a strong upper body and core is crucial to a good handstand, and understanding the proper alignment of your shoulders, hips, and toes will make freestanding practice later on much less frustrating.
«Be aware that balancing in a handstand is ridiculously challenging, even for people who have worked on them for years.»
Once you’ve built a certain amount of strength and are used to being upside down, only then should you start working on the balance portion of handstands. Be aware that balancing in a handstand is ridiculously challenging, even for people who have worked on them for years. Progress will happen slowly, but if you’re consistent, it will happen.
Note: If you find your wrists start hurting after too many handstands, you can alternate between flat hands and working on the parallettes we have available.
Jacob (A.K.A Surf Yogi), is wild in his nature as previously being professional surfer in his native South Africa. Through each of his classes, you find Jacob will take you on a creative journey through his sequencing to his music, where his main focus will be to build your strength and focus. He’s known for his laidback attitude, where even through his most challenging classes everyone feels welcome and comfortable. If you don’t catch him in a class, you will find him upside down in a handstand, in and around Tribe and Edinburgh!