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Riva G Creative Director Inspired by yoga, art, nature, travel, style, the beauty in little things mom. geek. free spirit. NYC πŸ“§ [email protected] http://RivaGYoga.com/blog
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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... 🐢
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haha, clearly winnie has mastered the art of savasana πŸ’€, but for those of you working on headstand, this is for you!
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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.
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below are 5 exercises to help do just that!
first rule: don’t kick into headstand! 🚫
πŸ”Έ downdog to plank reps:
keep core engaged, arms & shoulders strong as you move from downdog to plank & back. (3 sets of 8)
πŸ”Έ 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)
πŸ”Έ 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)
πŸ”Έ 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).
πŸ”Έ 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).
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πŸ”Ήdon’t force anything. listen to your body, & take your time. the most important thing is how you feel & you should feel good!
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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! 😍
ps. for more tutorials scroll through hashtag: #yogawithriva
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faithfoxmama
@faithfoxmama Thank you so much for this beautiful tutorial ✨
gerchberg
@gerchberg Awesome flow πŸ”₯πŸ’―πŸ”₯
angieleo_cc
@angieleo_cc The dogggggh 😱😱😍😍😍😍
lynzefit
@lynzefit So helpful!
iamvibes
@iamvibes AwesomeπŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯
johannakubi
@johannakubi Wehre did you get the pants?πŸ™ˆ
rad.radkova
@rad.radkova 🧘‍β™€οΈπŸ™Œ
reikorogersyoga
@reikorogersyoga That dog lol
c.affeina
@c.affeina @karolina.ponce work on it ♥️
jailton_meio_fit
@jailton_meio_fit πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ
leahjanebs
@leahjanebs Am i the only one watching the puppy the whole time
editorcutie
@editorcutie Maybe put your hands in the proper position to stabilise yourself
mista_imran_khan
@mista_imran_khan πŸ’―great workπŸ‘πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ thanks for sharing♥️
miah.marshall
@miah.marshall I love your videos so much - they are so helpful!!! 🧘‍♀️ πŸŒΈπŸ’•