Headstand tips 🙃
The humble headstand 😍 Its like the marmite of yoga land. You either love them or hate them. I absolutely adore them.... they're my other 'go to' on low ego days 😉
My rule of thumb when I teach this headstand version is face a wall and never ever jump into headstand unless you are super strong and confident in the pose. (A jump and a gentle hop are 2 very different things to a beginner!) Also you wont die from practicing headstand with non perfect form but you might just bruise your pinky pretty badly 🙈 Rolling out of a headstand with fingers interlaced is not a fun experience! So foundation is key. Face a wall if you can.
Key steps to remember-
1. Build strength in the pelvis and core.
2. Elbows pushing down so hard you can move your head if you want.
3. Strong lengthened spine try to stop the cervical spine rounding.
4. Gaze towards floor to keep neck long.
5. Play with your entry to this one and play around with hand grip too. Closed grip for me helps make pike press easier but open palm feels more stable... so it depends on what I'm working on which grip I use.
Hope these tips and ideas help you work towards this pose and any questions please ask 🙏
Have a fab weekend everyone ❣
People will try to dim your light.
It’s up to you to shine even brighter🌞
This “light” can symbolize kindness, beauty, popularity, intelligence, talent and so on...
We each have our own purpose, path and greatness but oftentimes we assume that putting another person’s accomplishments below ours will raise our own position. ✋
My hope is that you see how AMAZING you are and that there is room for growth and love for ALL of us.
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Morning inversion flow: opening hips and rotated in the hip sockets, pushing out of shoulders and neck, engaged core and sense of center. ✌🏼 (Della apologizes for the interruption!) (tunes the new gaga, obvi)
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Eagle pose upside down for luck. 🏈🦅 #goeagles
Eagle pose was really hard for me until a teacher said to squeeze the legs towards each other, pushing and pulling against each other to create stability. And push all 4 corners of the feet evenly into the ground as you lower your hips (pretend you are sliding your back against a wall, flat back! tailbone tucked, no arch, and dont lean forward!!...breathe....) .
Upside down, lifting the legs up with pointed toes (pressing toes against imaginary ceiling) create length upward while squeezing inward. 🤯💪🏼 .
This is something I never thought was possible.
Persevere through your weak thoughts. Your body is stronger than you think...... .
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Stop worrying about other people understanding you. Get in touch with yourself instead. Focus on what makes you happy, what makes your soul feel at peace. You are your biggest commitment, so start loving your flaws, your awkwardness, your weirdness, your intensity, your vulnerability, your everything. Life become so much more fulfilling when you are just simply yourself. The world keeps spinning whether people understand you or not, so why not make this next trip around the sun about you.
So many lessons learned today!
1. Face your fears
2. Believe in yourself
(Surrounding yourself with supportive “OMies” helps)
3. Learn to fail a hundred times.. probably more
4. Cool shit comes with a shit ton of practice and a shit ton of patience
5. When life is upside down take a look around and enjoy the view... how often do you get to see things from a new perspective
6. When you fall, screaming don’t forget to laugh
7. Oh and.. engage the core ... thank you @supermarioyoga for all the inversions today .. so happy life threw me into this teacher training with @missadesina at @hotspotyogaoakland .. can’t wait to continue this journey! #headstand#headstands#yoga#vinyasa#sirsasana#hotspotyoga#hotspotyogaoakland
😴🤸🏽♀️🛫 Day 1️⃣8️⃣ of #PressingDreams with @cyogalife ➡️ #TuckHeadstand or #SirsasanaA variation 🛫🤸🏽♀️😴 If today’s pike press makes your hamstrings twinge in trepidation, here is a variation that addresses many of the same anatomical factors (compression, core engagement, active legs, stacking joints) without requiring the same deep hamstring opening.
After practicing poses like #navasana, #parsvattonasana, #dolphinpose and #uttanasana to warm up your core, hip flexors, shoulders and hamstrings, come onto your knees and place your elbows down shoulders’-width apart. Interlace your fingers in either the classic goal post 🥅 shape or with the palms pressed together, and place the crown of your head down in front of your hands. Press down into our forearms to broaden your shoulder blades and decompress your neck; curl your toes under, send your hips up and back and begin to walk your feet in towards your face. Bend one knee at a time, sending knee to chest and heel to glutes, and either stay here, alternating legs, or tuck both knees into your chest. Make sure you keep your feet active, your elbows hugging in towards your midline, and your breathe smooth and even!
Check with my awesome friend @rachely.wang for more ideas all month long!
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😴🤸🏽♀️🛫 Day 1️⃣8️⃣ of #PressingDreams with @cyogalife ➡️ #Headstand or #Sirsasana variant 🛫🤸🏽♀️😴
Even though Headstand is an ‘easier’ #inversion to balance in, doing it without putting much weight on the head requires practice and strength, that’s why I don’t normally teach it as a first inversion but, I also wanted to introduce the concept of sending hips over shoulders and I knew that, with this pose, it’s more doable and clear to understand, that’s why I opted for this particular version. If you can’t press into Headstand but can hold it (use a wall behind if needed), extend the legs even more and start to fold at the flexors, lowering them as close to the floor as you can. Notice how the hips will need to go ‘over’ the shoulders (it’ll feel a bit scary at first, that sensation will pass... it’ll come back for each new press, in each inversion you’ll attempt so, better get used to it!), especially once the legs pass the horizontal line. Keep pressing against the floor with the forearms so the back doesn’t round (straighter = less cervical compression), pull navel in, engage legs even more, flexors to toes, as that’ll make them weight less and will make you more in control. For those pressing easily, go up/down 20-30 times, both fast & slow, hovering and hanging in there, bend one knee tucking heel to butt, alternate legs, draw invisible circles starting where I am in the pic, then opening wide until they meet once more into a straight line Headstand. Another interesting thing to try is to pick the head up, coming into Pincha, then lowering the crown once more... Feel free to comment below what your fav movement/exercise in Headstand is and enjoy it... your turn! For modifications, check out @yogawithaislinn and @rachely.wang
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