Well one of us finally got around to filming a headstand tutorial for you guys, while the other had more important things to do, like barking at squirrels & dozing off in the sun for most of the morning... 🐶
haha, clearly winnie has mastered the art of savasana 💤, but for those of you working on headstand, this is for you!
sirsasana is often one of the first inversions we learn, but ironically can also be more dangerous for a beginner if practiced improperly.
the best way to keep our headstands safe is with proper alignment & enough strength in the body (especially shoulders & core) to protect our neck.
below are 5 exercises to help do just that!
first rule: don’t kick into headstand! 🚫
🔸 downdog to plank reps:
keep core engaged, arms & shoulders strong as you move from downdog to plank & back. (3 sets of 8)
🔸 forearm plank walks:
from forearm plank tiptoe your feet toward your elbows to get hips over your shoulders. walk feet back to forearm plank. (3 sets of 8)
🔸 headstand prep facing wall:
walk feet up the wall so legs are parallel to the ground & shoulders are over hips. press the floor away with your arms so that most of your weight is not on your head. lift one leg at a time, keep core engaged. (10 reps)
🔸 headstand prep:
(you can do this without the block, but i find it’s a nice reminder to keep the shoulders engaged.)
kneel & place block between wall & your upper back. elbows are shoulder width apart, pinkies touch. walk toes toward your elbows, & hips over shoulders.
lift legs up. press forearms down & create a straight line with your body (don’t sink back or shoulders).
🔸 headstand away from wall:
when you’re ready, remember:
- elbows are shoulder-width apart
- hips are over shoulders
- to protect the neck it’s crucial to engage the rest of the body (arms, shoulders, core, legs).
🔹don’t force anything. listen to your body, & take your time. the most important thing is how you feel & you should feel good!
did you guys find this helpful? tag a friend who is working on their headstand, & let me know if you want me to keep sharing more tutorials! ❤️
happy practicing! 😍
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