This is the third of four inversion videos Molly and I played with a few weeks ago. Due to it’s popularity, I decided to just upload one each Wednesday and write about the benefits of the pose and my relationship to it.
Headstand, for some strange reason came quite easily to me at the beginning of my practice. Of course, after numerous neck injuries and making it a goal to safely get into this inversion, I would only recommend this done with a skilled yoga instructor. Of course, you all know your body best, but the importance of keeping wrists firmly gripped to your mat, elbows only shoulder distance apart (not wider), shoulder blades relaxed and moving toward your tailbone as you use your core to life the legs are the most important things I can mention. However, there is so much more that goes into the “king of asanas”. I personally trust one-on-one instruction, but if you insist to self teach yourself, check out the instructions here.
A good preparatory pose for Salamba Sirsasana would be dolphin pose, also mentioned in the forearm balance post from last week. It’s quite important to not attempt this if there hasn’t been shoulder strengthening exercises done prior to it. Even though many beginners can attempt it, and should, but knowing one’s limit is vital. It really is not worth the risk of injury.
Some benefits, according to yogajournal.com include:
- Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression
- Stimulates the pituitary and pineal glands
- Strengthens the arms, legs, and spine
- Strengthens the lungs
- Tones the abdominal organs
- Improves digestion
- Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause
- Therapeutic for asthma, infertility, insomnia, and sinusitis
I was quite worried to get into this pose recently, because of a neck thing. When I told my Iyengar teacher that I have a disc degeneration happening on my C3-C4, she said, “if you practice it correctly and have correct alignment, there will not be any pressure to the C-Spine. She has been absolutely right. Before, there was too much pressure on my spine, where now I’m slightly in the pose with a levitated skull.
Good luck in your practice and feel free to start a Q&A below.