Before you start, warm up your limbs and back!! In elbow balances, you MUST push out of your shoulders and lower back, or it causes problems. Your shoulders should feel like they had a good workout!
Lazy vs. Pulled Up Shoulders: notice how much strighter my back is in the second photo and how much higher my head is. See the bend in my armpit area in the first, where the second is a straight line.
Lazy vs. Pulled Up Back: lazy back is painful and puts pressure on your lower spine. I don't know why, but I couldn't do it without flexed feet, and it just felt gross and unnatural.
Now, onto learning how to do it right! :)
Start on your hands and knees. Your arms should make a V, with your hands close together, and your elbows wider apart, under your shoulders. This makes a wider, more stable base to balance on.
Raise your hips so you're only on your feet. Pick a leg to start with and swing it above your head. Too much power will throw you off balance. Your foot still on the floor is your jumping leg.
Don't think about placing your foot straight up, or you won't balance. Your feet will be past your torso so that your hips can be above your elbows and shoulders.
Final product: hips, shoulders, and elbows are aligned. If losing your balance, shift weight in your elbows/hands to adjust. Remember to breathe when upside down, and fall the way you came, not over!
Once you master the basic elbow stand, try some variations! Your back will have to bend, but still keep your hips over your shoulders. This and the next three are just different variations.
This is all of them combined so you can see them all :) You can see me push out of my shoulders at the beginning as a demonstration of what not to do. Be careful and good luck!