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How to Get Into A Headstand aka Salamba Sirsasana

Happy Headstand Day!

Here’s a quick little video on getting into your yoga headstands.  It’s a supported headstand or Salamba Sirsasana in yoga speak. This is considered an intermediate to advanced pose but don’t let it scare you away. The benefits are MANY. Inversions are so good for your body and a supported headstand is one of hundreds of inversion type yoga poses.


Keep on reading…or scroll down to get straight to the video!

Just a note…you should have some experience with headstands prior to attempting or at least be working with an experienced teacher leading up to headstands.

And there are a couple of things to remember.

  • This is a QUICK video. You should move slowly into headstands as is comfortable and ok with your body.
  • I don’t use a wall. You can, however, if you need a little extra support. Just give yourself enough space from the wall so you are actually doing the work rather than depending on the wall to hold you up. 🙂
  • Be sure your foundation is set before you attempt to lift up. That means making sure your elbows are under your shoulders and you have your pinky finger tucked under with interlaced fingers and squeezing like you have a ping pong ball between your palms. Don’t let the wrists open up and rotate outward or you’ll lose your foundation.
  • When you lift your sits bones up and begin to walk your toes in, go until your hips are over your shoulders and then lift one leg up. The other leg will naturally lift to meet the leg in the air.
  • Pull your belly in and root your tailbone toward the sky. Remember that the inner thighs are reaching toward one another and the pelvic floor and pelvic diaphram are lifting. Arms are strong.
  • I’m waving at you with my toes! You gotta watch to get the whole effect. Did I mention that yoga is FUN??? 🙂 Enjoy!

How to get into your Headstand Video (aka Salamba Sirsasana – Supported Headstand)

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The biggest benefit of Salamba Sirsasana is Stress Relief in my opinion. It also helps tremendously with sleeplessness. Here’s the big list of benefits though…

  • Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression
  • Stimulates the pituitary and pineal glands
  • Strengthens the arms, legs, and spine
  • Strengthens the lungs
  • Tones the abdominal organs
  • Improves digestion
  • Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause
  • Therapeutic for asthma, infertility, insomnia, and sinusitis

No headstands for you if you have any of the following conditions (seriously…I mean it!):

  • Back injury
  • Neck injury
  • Headache
  • Heart condition
  • High blood pressure
  • Menstruation

Remember to share it or leave a comment on YOUR headstand practice (or lack of) below!

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