Awareness and Autoregulation in Handstand

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Sasha Sosniak
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Awareness and autoregulation in Handstand create a major shift in skills training for most people. What does this mean? Stop trying so hard during training and instead focus on the moment and on the little things you can do to improve right now.

Let’s break it down a little more- What do awareness and autoregulation mean when it comes to Handstand training?

Awareness – focus on body and mind connection. Even more: focus on knowing your body from the inside out before attempting a skill. 

Autoregulation – adjust how you respond to different stimuli and body shifts when you train. Be less reactive and more contemplative.

According to Ryan Hurst, the founder of GNB fitness, if you focus on what you can do right now rather than on how your life would change once you nail Handstand or any other skill, you can cultivate the type of awareness that will actually create lasting change and progress.

In her interview with Ryan, our friend Soundschi is able to ask some pointed questions so that Ryan can truly open up about his training philosophy and how it changes people’s lives.

Fun fact- instead of trying to nail a skill right away, Ryan spends MONTHS preparing his body and mind for what the skill requires. Patient man. Huge results.

Here are some other golden nuggets from Ryan about awareness and autoregulation in Handstand:

his training always starts with the AAA framework – Assess where you are, Address your needs, Apply the framework needed to get where you want to be. 

-he then applies the 5 “P”s to a daily training regimen

  • Prep body and mind
  • Practice your highest level skills
  • Play – once your form starts to go in your highest level skills, move down a level and do some things you are good at- playtime!
  • Push – condition and strengthen yourself for next session! Most people live here and only do this, but the world is your oyster if this is one of the last things you do during your training session.
  • Ponder – take the time to reflect on the session; what went well, what can you do better next time?

-my favorite nugget – you never have a bad session, because you ALWAYS learn something! 

Check out the rest of the interview:


There you have it! Another fabulous interview by Soundchi; there’s so much depth to learning Handstand and all perspectives matter. To ask Soundschi a question you can do so on her YouTube channel or go directly to her website.

Stay tuned for next week’s blog post and Handstand goodies from me, Kyle, and Soundschi!


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