• Deanne Pandey

Nailing Headstands

Headstands or Sirasana is one of the most basic, yet difficult yoga poses. But once practiced consistently with the right posture, opens a wide domain of innumerable health benefits. Headstand is a transformative yoga posture that will help you view your environment from a completely different perspective. As you increase blood flow back to your brain, you will not only strengthen your entire body, but you will calm your nervous system. Headstand is considered a calming inversion. For years, the posture has been praised for providing physical benefits—but it’s also been criticized for exposing the head and neck to weight that could cause injury. That is why it is crucial to observe carefully, what mistakes are you making while doing a headstand, be attentive about the correct posture and only then attempt a headstand.

Here are few commonly made mistakes while doing a Headstand-

1.Position of your hands- It often happens that your hands are either too far apart or are so close that it cannot even accommodate your head. As this pose puts a lot of pressure on your upper body, it is important to maintain a triangle with your hands. This will strengthen your core as well as help you balance. If not done correctly, can lead to injuries in your arms, neck and shoulders.

2. Pressure on your Head- A lot of people tend to put a lot of pressure into their heads and necks instead of their arms. This once again, leads to injuries.

3. Placement of your elbows- Your elbows should be firm and not too far away from each other. If not done correctly, hinders your balance while doing this pose.

4. Alignment of the hips- Hips must not go over the shoulders. This increases the risk of falling.

Here is how to do the perfect Headstand-

Sit on the knees and grab opposite elbows to measure the ideal distance between them. Once you have the right distance between the elbows, bring the arms to the floor, directly beneath the shoulders. Bring the hands together and interlace your fingers, making a basket. Make sure to keep the elbows in the same place during the entire pose and not move them in- or outside. The arms should make a triangle shape. Place the head on the floor and the back of the head in your cupped hands. Curl the toes, straighten the knees and push the hips towards the ceiling. Walk your feet towards the shoulders. Bring your right knee into the chest and then follow by also bringing the left knee to the chest, so the spine is straight. Take a deep breath and bring your legs up, reaching towards the ceiling. Look at a focus point that is eye level. Keep breathing and hold the pose for as long as feels comfortable.

Remember, it is very important to be careful with inversions. Such poses are not advisable for people with heart risks, weak bones, weak shoulders and neck as well as pregnant women and children below 7 years. Start off with a wall, follow the instructions carefully and reap the benefits of this king of poses.

Indeed, turning your world upside down has ample of benefits!

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