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April 30, 2010 at 1:20 pm #15724
I have been trying to come up into Headstand, Sirsasana, for years now. I never once have attained it! I am wondering what other yogis out there have done, or what you may have tried when you were first practicing this posture…Any suggestions?April 30, 2010 at 1:20 pm #16487
Ahhhh, Sirsasana! What a wonderful posture. Good for you for working towards it with diligence and discipline! I think the key is really having a strong core. As with most postures, it becomes much easier if you activate your locks and can stabilize through your center. Perhaps try five rounds of Navasana every day until you can get it! Maybe that will help! – AsanaQueen108April 30, 2010 at 1:21 pm #16488
I agree with AsanaQueen! A strong core is key, and it is also good to remember **not to kick up into headstand** This can seriously injure your neck. You have to have the core strength to lift both legs up at the same time in order to enter the posture safely. Good luck! – CowFaceApril 30, 2010 at 1:28 pm #16489
When I first learned how to do headstand, I did kick up for awhile, and eventually developed the core strength to come into the pose lifting both feet at the same time. Now I feel very grateful that I didn’t injure my neck! I think it’s important to have a spotter, someone who can give you pointers and help you if you fall or teeter, or end up with the wrong part of your head on the floor. It’s also imperative to practice it against a wall, for it will help ease the fear of going into the air unsupported. Come into the prep posture on your knees with your hands interlaced behind your head, ensuring that THE VERY TOP OF YOUR HEAD is on the floor. From there, come into a down dog like position, and walk the feet in towards your face. You could stay there, just working the strength of your shoulders until you feel ready to lift up. – ShantiBApril 30, 2010 at 1:29 pm #16490
You really need to have a lot of core and shoulder strength to come up into this pose. There are lots of ways to work strength in the shoulders, like Dolphin Pose and Forearm Plank. There are a couple variations of Dolphin that you can practice that will help you build the shoulder (deltoid and latissimus) strength you need for headstand. Plain dolphin, just like down dog but with forearms parallel on the floor, is great, but you can also clasp hands and reach the chest forward, taking it over the thumbs. Your hips will sink a little as you do this. I have heard these called dolphin push ups or dolphin dives. Go back and forth over the hands, keeping the gaze down and the neck long, and move with your breath (inhale as you come forward, exhale as you go back). The third variation is to keep your arms parallel, but put your feet on a wall behind you so your torso and legs make a perfect ninety degree angle, but you are upside down, balancing on your forearms with your head drawing through the shoulders. Once you practice these for a month or so, try your headstand again! And good luck! – EkaPada
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