5. Bound Hand Headstand B II
Ardha Baddha Hasta Sirsasana B

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My intention with these FREE downloadable yoga cards is to create a dynamic resource that can be used by yoga teachers as teaching aids, and for yoga students wanting a fun way to practice yoga at home.

Yoga Pose Card Features

(1) Each pose in the directory comes with an A4 downloadable yoga card. The cards can be used as a teaching aid, or as a fun handout to give to your students. 

(2) Each card can be combined with any other card in the directory. That means there is a limitless amount of yoga practices you and your students can create with the cards.

(3) Yoga cards are a fun yoga practice planning tool for yoga teachers, yoga teacher trainees and students of yoga.

(4) Yoga cards will help to inspire your yoga students to practice their yoga daily at home, instead of only once a week at a yoga class. If a student of yours practices yoga daily, they are much more likely to come to your classes for several years. Cultivating a daily yoga practice within the minds of your students is great for them, and also means you don't have to spend loads of time on yoga marketing tactics to get more students to your classes.

(5) The yoga cards will have hundreds of beginner, intermediate and advanced poses, categorised, numbered, and colour-coded by the following types: ashtanga, bandhas, bolster yoga, chair yoga, inversions, kundalini, laughter, mantras, meditation, mudras, partner yoga, pawanmuktasana, pranayama, prone, relaxation, seated & floor, standing, strap yoga, supine.

(6) Each yoga card includes:

* Asana name (including Sanskrit name)
* Stick figure (image of the pose)
* Stick figure image of a preparation pose
* Stick figure image of a follow up pose
* Colour coded category
* Unique Number 
* Difficulty level 
* Seconds (recommended time to practice) 
* Video (download, print, & scan camera over QR code) 
* Benefits of the pose 
* Written instructions for the pose
* Modifications
* Precautions (relevant medical warnings)

(7) The Yoga Pose Directory page will soon have lots of recommended 10 minute themed yoga practices - ideal for quick home practices. For example, the "chair yoga for seniors over the age of 80" practice will have several recommenced cards (e.g. chair yoga cards 2, 6, 8, 23, 27 and 31). The practitioner can decide which order to practice them in, pick only one card, or pick three cards, hold poses, not hold poses, flow, not flow, or whatever he or she is feeling in the moment.

(8) Playing with these yoga pose cards are a fun way to learn the asanas if you're going through a yoga teacher training course. Each time you pick up a card, you're learning and absorbing the information. When you see the cards on your yoga mat, it will also help to stimulate the brain with sequencing strategies that you wouldn't have thought about by reading a book, or concentrating hard with pen and paper at the ready. The simple act of moving the cards around can spark ingenious ideas for new sequences. Even though you're enjoying the "game", you'll be getting a great "yoga teacher" brain workout!

(9) Your students could take turns in picking a card, and teaching the class from the card by reading it out. I know this might sound radical. You're the teacher. You should be teaching. That's true. And you will. You'll be free to observe everyone and walk around making adjustments and giving praise. It will build confidence in the student being given the mantle of teacher, which increases the chances of them practicing yoga daily at home.

Sanskrit Pronunciation

Baddha Hasta Sirshasana B
मुक्त हस्त शीर्षासन
Pronunciation: ba-dah-HAS-tah sir-SH-asana
Baddha = bound
Hasta = Hand
Shirsha = Head
Asana = Pose

Video

Steps

1. Sit on heels. 2. Extend arms out. 3. Bend elbows and loosely grab opposite forearm by the elbow. 4. Place forearms onto mat and curl toes under. 5. Place crown of head down right in front of forearms. 6. Start to press forearms firmly down into mat as you draw shoulders down to lengthen neck. 7. Keeping pressure in forearms and neck long, lift up off of knees and walk feet in towards head. 8. Place right knee on right tricep. 9. Place left knee on left tricep. 10. Raise one leg up at a time half way up so that legs are parallel with floor. 11. Engage core. Hold. 12. Elbows hold most of the weight (not head or neck). 13. If you lose balance, tuck and roll body forward. 14. To release, bring palms on floor for balance, bend at waist and come into Plank.

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Benefits

Preparation for Baddha Hasta Sirsasana B. 
Stimulates immune system.
Engages core.
Calms nervous system.
See our world, and ourselves, from a different perspective. 
Strengthens muscles of shoulders, back and neck. 

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Prep Poses

Dolphin Pose

Dolphin Pose

Plough Pose

Plough Pose

 

Each pose usually has several suitable preparation poses. Our Yoga Genie Lesson Plan Creator will recommend preparation poses when you select a pose. This makes your life a little easier. Discover how 1000+ yoga teachers, yoga therapists, yoga teacher trainers, and yoga teacher trainees use the Yoga Genie Lesson Planner by liking our Facebook page.

 
Follow Up Poses

4. Baddha Hasta Sirsasana B

 

Salamba Sarvangasana

Salamba Sarvangasana

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Modifications

Press into Headstand. 

Practice against a wall. 

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Precautions

Neck injury.
Lightheaded.
High blood pressure.
Pregnant.

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Yoga Sequences

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