**SAFETY FIRST! — please don’t hurt yourself, it’s counterproductive. Make sure you have a spotter at all times when you are learning these moves, and only take these on at your own risk.
Here's how it's done. All the progressions are the same as in The Little Handstand Progression Ladder...
START WITH LEGS AT 90
PLACE FEET ON WALL — hands down first, then feet on the wall.
WALK TORSO VERTICAL – Or as close as you can get to it. Always with slow purposeful moves -- nothing qucik and desperate!
LOCK ARMS – We need to be completely straight with biceps spun forward — the upper arm must be externally rotated.
PUSH FLOOR AWAY — I’m not sure the floor will actually move, but the thought of pushing it away — actively — at all times, is what we need.
ELEVATE YOUR SHOULDERS — In a handstand, they should be as close to the ears as possible.
LENGTHEN YOUR SPINE — Strive to stay tall through your upper back.
WORK YOUR CHEST TOWARDS THE WALL — Viewed side on, and we want to see a straight line from the arms right through to the hips.
STAY AND HOLD — Once you’ve got a good position, stay and hold, focus on one or two main cues and build up your strength patiently.
OPTION: BEND KNEES — On this first move, if your hamstrings are too tight, you might need to bend your knees in order to get a vertical torso. That’s fine. Just make sure you resolve to work on your flexibility as well!!
THEN WORK THROUGH THE WALL HANDSTAND PROGRESSIONS
When you’re used to holding the inverted position, you take all the same technique cues and work your way through the following progressions. Make sure you’ve got a spotter when you’re working into unfamiliar territory!
START DIAGONAL — quite far from the wall.
EDGE CLOSER — For more strength challenge and a more challenging position.
AND CLOSER — Don’t rush, but every time you get totally comfortable with a position, take another step in.
EVENTUALLY HANDS ALMOST TOUCHIG THE WALL — and you’ll have a proper wall handstand.
THEN ‘HEAD IN’ STYLE — Rather than looking at the floor, tuck your chin into your chest and look at the wall, or even better, your feet. This takes some serious getting used to, but I like it because it will help you to learn to ‘Dish’ during your handstand.
THEN MOSTLY ONE-ARM — Once you’re very proficient at the wall handstand versions, it’s time to start working towards one-arm wall handstands!
EXIT STRATEGY — first make sure you are very confident cartwheeling out of the Handstand (or have a spotter). Make sure there are no burning candles or crazy knife games nearby.
LEAN ONE WAY — Edge your feet across one side, take most of the weight in one arm.
DOUBLE-DOWN ON THE PUSH — All the same cues apply, but the force is much greater, so focus BIG TIME on pushing the floor away, externally rotating the upper arm, elevating the shoulder, staying tall and not falling on your arse.
THEN GO FINGERTIPS ONLY — The next level is simply a case of proving you’ve shifted appropriately, by flexing the ‘spare’ elbow, lifting the palm — leaving only the fingertips down of the ‘spare hand’. It starts to look pretty impressive by this point.
THEN, GO SINGLE-ARM — finally — (obviously there’s more, but for now…finally) — you relive the spare hand of it's assisting duties, taking it straight out to the side. Push through the floor even harder in your working arm, keep your hand active for balance and hold your long body position with ‘Dish’ drawn in.