Head stand or salamba sirsasana is an inversion pose where our feet are vertically above our head. As a yoga practitioner, you will start building core, shoulder, and upper body strength – fundamental in getting into this pose most effectively.
The video shows two ways of setting up the pose. You pick the set-up that feels most stable for you. As you walk your feet towards your body, think of stacking your hips over your shoulders. As you lift your legs off the ground, think of hugging your muscles towards your vertical center line. Your shoulder blades widen and lift towards your tailbone as your tailbone lifts towards your heels. For the full expression of the pose, imagine two opposing forces: you pressing firmly to the ground as your body lifts up to the sky! When you come down, rest in child’s pose.
Create a feeling of natural well being with head stands!
Head stands are fun to learn. As you practice, you will feel physical strength and control that you may not have realized you already have. Once you are upside down, it is an exhilarating, liberating feeling!
In addition to strengthening deep core muscles, by reversing the flow of gravity, your face benefits from a flush of fresh nutrients and oxygen. Greater blood circulation occurs. Fresh blood flows to the hypothalamus and pituitary glands, the masters of all glands that regulate all the other glands in the body; thereby providing a great feeling of well-being.
Have a great practice. Namaste!