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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... ๐Ÿถ
haha, clearly winnie has mastered the art of savasana ๐Ÿ’ค, 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! ๐Ÿšซ
๐Ÿ”ธ downdog to plank reps:
keep core engaged, arms & shoulders strong as you move from downdog to plank & back. (3 sets of 8)
๐Ÿ”ธ 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)
๐Ÿ”ธ 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)
๐Ÿ”ธ 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).
๐Ÿ”ธ 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).
๐Ÿ”นdon’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! โค๏ธ
happy practicing! ๐Ÿ˜
ps. for more tutorials scroll through hashtag: #yogawithriva
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