Yoga Headstand

(June 30, 2010)

How to do a yoga headstand


For those who do not know how to do a yoga headstand, this pose can be quite difficult. A head stand is an inverted yoga pose and is rightfully known as the king of all yoga asanas. The term fits correctly here because not only does the headstand offer more benefits than other yoga poses, it is also exponentially more difficult to perform.

In a headstand, the entire weight of the body of a person has toe be supported by the shoulders, head, and arms. For those who have not performed the pose earlier, it is important to take the support of a wall to perform it. Once you are able to perform it though, the physical and mental rewards of the pose will be enthralling. Since this is an inverted pose, it reverses the direction of flow of blood in the body. There is rapid lymph drainage in the body and an increased flow of blood to the brain. The pose also increases the strength and functioning of the respiratory system.

Here’s how to perform the pose:

  1. Spread out the yoga mat or a blanket to give your head adequate cushioning. Place your hands on the floor, fingers interlaced, and palms facing up. Now place your head on the interlaced fingers, cradling your head in your hands. Press both your palms together and fit them against the back of your head.
  2. Using your toes, shift the weight of your body towards your lower extremities. Simultaneously, push your body upwards using the force in your legs.
  3. Carefully bend your knees and walk your feet towards your torso. As your feet come closer to your chest, allow the knees to bend closer to your chest. Keep your head firmly cradled in your interlaced fingers.
  4. Trying to keep your balance, lift off your feet off the floor. If you are a beginner, it will be useful to take the support of a wall behind your back. Raise your feet and your legs. Switch the entire weight to your arms and your head. You can use your toes to give yourself enough thrust to bring both your feet in the air.
  5. If your knees are still bent, attempt to straighten them, making the motion very slowly so as to not disturb the balance of the weight. If you feel that your upper body and arms are not strong enough, do not attempt this move at all.

Submitted by A on June 30, 2010 at 08:42

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