A few weeks back I posted an instagram video of me practicing shoulder taps. It was the first time I'd ever tried them and I fell in love with the challenge of staying up for more than two taps (I made it to three in a row, woop).
I probably practiced them for at least twenty minutes and the next day I was crazy sore between my shoulder blades, in my forearms and in my palms (of all places!). They're such a great way to build upper body strength as well as develop balance for arm balances, and if you're ready to give them a try I recommend starting against a wall.
1. Come up into handstand position. Hands should be about shoulder distance apart. Try to make your armpits as long as possible and grip into the mat as if you're a rock climber. Really use your upper body strength here, rather than relying on the wall to hold you up. Look between your thumbs.
2. Transfer your weight to your left side and tap your right shoulder with your right hand.
3. Come back to handstand position.
4. Transfer your weight to your right side and tap your left shoulder with your left hand.
Repeat as many times as you can!
Let me know how it goes for you down in the comments below!