What article(s) should I use before the noun "handstand"?

I read several example sentences with this word and found different options to choose from. I would like to know if they are all corrected and interchangeable. See examples below:

a) This morning I practised my handstand. (I know, "my" is not technically an article, but I found this option as well, so I included it.)

b) This morning I practised handstand.

c) This morning I practised the handstand.

d) This morning I practised a handstand.

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    Personally, I would use the plural - I practised handstands or I practised doing handstands. Practised a handstand suggests that I only did it once, which isn't much practice! Apr 4, 2021 at 9:24

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It depends on what you try to convey.

If you talk about your handstand routine, progress, work, you can say "my handstand". If you talk about the exercise, the pose, the technique in general, you can say "the handstand". "A handstand" refers to one instance of this exercise, a repetition. "Do a handstand" is the usual collocation.

Unfortunately, I can't think of any example in which "handstand" without a determiner makes sense.

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    +1, I agree with you, though I think "I practised handstands" might be idiomatic.
    – Kirk Woll
    Apr 4, 2021 at 22:23

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