Friday, May 27, 2011

pose of the week: headstand

Salamba Sirsasana 
*If you have not done a headstand before, please do it in the presence of a certified instructor, or practice against a wall*

How to do it:

1. Kneel on the floor and come onto your forearms. Grab opposite elbows to measure up the distance then interlace your hand out in front of you (keeping your elbows shoulder width apart at all times)
2. Come onto the crown of the head, resting the back of your head in your palms. Keep your arms and hands strong and roll your shoulders away from the ears.
3. On an inhale, curl your toes under and lift your knees off the floor (this is the prep version, you may stay here). Carefully start to walk your feet towards you, firming your shoulder blades against your back.
4. As you exhale, lift your feet of the floor, keeping your core engaged. You may bend your knees towards your chest first then work to straighten your legs, extending your heels up towards the sky.

Keep the weight evenly balanced on your forearms. Hold for 15 breaths, working your way up to a minute. Slowly lower your legs down and rest in child’s pose. 

  • Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression
  • Stimulates your nervous system
  • Ensures healthier and more effective lung tissue
  • Improves digestion 

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