How to perform a proper Headstand?
In today’s post we would like to present to you the technique and proper form of the Headstand position and it’s variations. This is the easiest asana in the inverted yoga poses. All yogis, determined to advance in yoga, start with the Headstand and master it, before they can proceed to the more advanced ones- such as Scorpion pose and Handstand (we will tell you more about them in the future as well).
1. Start by standing about 20cm away from a wall
2. Stand on your hands and knees, facing the wall (knees in line with the waist, below the pelvis, and palms directly below the shoulders)
3. Now put your elbows оn the ground and interlace the fingers
4. Place the palms on the base of the head, so that the top of the head is positioned directly on the little fingers
5. Straightening the knees we slowly start to walk our feet towards the head- the closer the better
6. Once we get so close that our pelvis is right on top of our head and our spine is in 90 degrees to the floor we will start to feel our feet lighter and should be able to lift them off of the floor. By engaging the abdominal and back muscles we slowly start to lift them up
7. Once our feet are parallel to the floor we engage our glutes and pushing the butt forward, we lift our feet, till they come in line with the torso
8. You will know when your feet are at their optimum position when you stop feeling their weight- it’s like they aren’t there
9. Hold the pose for 3-4 inhales/exhales then slowly start to go down
10. The way back is the same. Pushing the butt backwards, we start to drop our feet down
11. When they are parallel to the ground, engaging the abdominal muscles, we pull our feet towards the chest and try to step as close to the head as we can
12. When we reach the ground, we put our kness down, and sit on our heels, not lifting the head from the ground. We draw back the hands and let them stay past the body and we stay in this Childs Pose for 5 breaths.
Following these instructions, you can easily learn to perform the asana. You should definitely include it in your everyday practice, since it is very good for the endocrine glands. It helps regulate the blood circulation, brain’s irrigation and stimulates the concentration and memory. When practicing for a longer period of time it has a positive effect on the spine.
Check out our Youtube channel for more detailed videos, beginner and advanced variations!
We would like for you to share your difficulties and troubles, you’ve had in the process of learning the pose. Feel free to ask us any questions as well.