In my last post, I wrote about the infraspinatus and the important contribution it makes toward integral alignment and stability for the shoulders in handstand – or any other weight bearing pose for that matter. Check out the video below for a fantastic way to assess your shoulders’ ability to externally rotate in relation to the forearm and hand positioning required for Downward Dog (and consider that this assessment test could be applied to handstand biomechanics as well). Also, explore Dolphin Supinate pose, which will help awaken your infraspinatus, teres minor and posterior deltoids while training (or retraining) them to remember the positioning needed to support your shoulders in Downward Dog, Dolphin – and your handstands too!
Elissa Dawn Strutton, E-RYT is a certified Yoga Tune Up ® instructor and is also a certified Forrest Yoga teacher. She delights in sharing the gifts of yoga with others and is committed to providing a space that facilitates healing, self-discovery and personal growth. Elissa’s classes are challenging, yet accessible as she supports students of all levels with skillful adjustments and posture modifications. She encourages her students to connect deeply with the breath while practicing with mindfulness, honesty and integrity.