Like all inversions, handstands are wonderful for happiness and confidence. Make sure arms and shoulders are strong enough to support you before attempting the pose. Move from Down Dog, placing fingertips 1-2 inches from the wall, and spread wide. Without moving hands, rotate upper arms out and up. Step into it on R, kick up with L leg, bringing feet together, extending heels to heaven. Lift belly up, connecting abs and legs, keep ribs in line, and lower back long. Do not drop into shoulder girdle and neck. Let head hang and set drishti/ focus, at end of mat, or a spot out on the floor.
Stay in the pose as long as arms and shoulders are comfortable, and breathing is normal. When ready to dismount, bring one straight leg down at a time, with as much control as possible. Do the other side, making sure you practice stepping in and kicking up with both legs taking their turn. One side is always much easier than the other.
Health Notes: Like all inversions, Adho Mukha Vrksasasana is wonderful for changing our point of view, increasing confidence and happiness, helping with stress. Physically, it strengthens wrists, arms and shoulders, and brings greater balance.It should not be practiced if you have high blood pressure, or pregnant. Check with your doc first. And you may be uncomfortable if you are in your period.