There are a number of reasons to practice headstand. (As well as a few reasons not to practice it). For most of us, headstand is an attainable pose as long as we’re willing to practice patience, good alignment and ahimsa (nonharming). I will be teaching my students how to prepare for headstand in May. For students already able to do headstand, we’ll be learning some headstand variations.
Practicing headstand can literally turn your world upside down. For some, it stirs up fears. By approaching it step by step, headstand can be a fun and rewarding pose to add to your practice. Headstand is not a suitable pose for those with neck injuries, extreme upper back curve and a variety of eye, ear and throat dysfunctions. If you are unsure about the safety of any pose(but especially inversions), it’s good to check with a teacher before attempting it. Poses that are good to practice for preparing for headstand that can be done safely by most students are downward dog, mountain, triangle, warrior II, shoulder openers, and hamstring stretches.
If you’ve always wanted to add headstand to your practice, join us in the yurt as we explore this challenging and rewarding pose. For those unable to perform the full pose, there will be alternatives that will give some of the same benefits as headstand.