I’ve been working on handstands for several years. It’s the asana that has thus far required more of my physical and mental effort than all the others combined.
Sometimes I’m really dedicated and do them every day, other times they remain at the bottom of my to-do list for weeks on end. When I practice consistently, my handstands improve. The tricky part is holding onto motivation when most of my progress is invisible.
I kick up 10 times, I fall out 8. I kick up 10 more times, I fall out 9.
Much like life, my hang time isn’t linear. One day it’s a little easier and the next day it’s a little tougher. I make slow progress, but sure enough, if I were to graph my hangtime on a line, I’d see my progress trending upwards. There’s a balance point in handstands. When your body is perfectly stacked and you’re engaged in all the right ways, suddenly everything becomes lighter. It’s a heck of a feeling.
That physical balance point is something that yoga practitioners play with a lot in asana practice. By lifting one limb, or more, a lot of the shapes we make in a yoga class require mental focus to combat the instability of the posture.