I’ve put links to all sources at the bottom and all images are linked so you can check some of this info out. I had so much fun doing this and it was as much for my own learning that I wanted to discover the cultural history of handstands.
Handstands aren’t the be all an end all, but for some of us they are real focal point of our practice; and there is nothing wrong with that. I want to bring an element of guilt free handstanding into your day.
So I’m going to start by telling you that my splits aren’t all that. I’m always on that journey and never quite there. But I would never say to anyone that this isn’t yoga because I can’t do it. Yet, all I hear all day long is that handstands aren’t yoga and are not spiritual.
This is why I disagree:
Firstly, what is Yoga? It is at the most basic level, the connection of body and mind. Your yoga practice is about you, yourself and no one else. If you want to do a handstand, then no one should be looking in and telling you not to. On the same note, yoga is about non-judgement, so if you are going around telling people they shouldn’t handstand, well that’s not really any of your business. Nor should you be forced to handstand if you don’t wish to.