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Position for an elbow stand.
The best initial position to get started with an elbow stand is shown in position EST1. It is entered from a backbend to hands dropping to elbows. Note that the elbows are a little wider apart than the shoulders and the forearms are on the floor with the fingers spread and flat on the floor. The upper arms can be vertical or a little off vertical depending on the position of the body. The feet are firmly on the floor.
Now raise the head and arch the back while you lift onto tiptoes as picture EST2. The toes will be taking very little weight at this stage. Raise the head a little more and the feet will come off the floor.
The position EST3 should be held. For a start the feet will return to touch the floor but the aim is to remain on the elbows without feet contact and this balance will quickly be mastered.
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