Headstand
Adho Mukha Vrksasana

Headstand

Headstand

 

Sanskrit
Adho Mukha Vrksasana

Directions

1) Perform Downward Facing Dog with fingertips an inch or two away from a wall, hands shoulder-width. Spread palms, press bases of index fingers firmly against floor.

2) Bend one knee, step left foot in closer to wall.  Take a few practice hops before you try to launch yourself upside down. Sweep right leg through a wide arc toward wall, kick left foot off floor, immediately pushing through heel to straighten left knee. As both legs come off ground, engage deep core to help lift hips over shoulders. Hop up and down several times, each time pushing off floor a little higher. Exhale deeply each time you hop.

3) Squeeze outer legs together, roll thighs in. Hang head from a spot between shoulder blade,  gaze to centre of room.

4) Hold. When coming down don’t sink onto shoulders. Take one foot down at a time.

Benefits

  • Calming the nervous system
  • Nourishing the brain cells
  • Stimulating to the heart and circulation
  • Balancing to the hormonal and digestive systems
  • Strengthening to the spirit

Video 

Modifications 

Headstand With Butterfly Legs

Headstand With Butterfly Legs

Headstand Variation

Half Headstand

Precautions 

  • Back, shoulder, neck injury
  • Headache
  • Heart condition
  • High blood pressure
  • Menstruating
  • Pregnant
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