Salamba Sirsasana (Headstand) Pose

Fear of fall. Therefore not able to kick up the legs and not to say using the wall to balance for a start. Wrong concept of Sirsasana thinking the head takes the weight of the body in the early stage of practising. Weak muscles in arms and abs makes this pose ever so difficult to achieve.

With the teachings in Tirisula Yoga TTC, I come to understand basic foundational poses helps tremendously in building up the strength to Sirsasana : 1. Tadasana (Mountain Pose). The same pose but inverted when we are at Sirsasana, actions of the legs, torso, and neck. Maintain the straight alignment against gravity; 2. Gomukhasana (Cow Face Pose) can help provide the necessary increase in shoulder mobility. I have learnt to transfer the weight of my body to the shoulders and to the arms with forearm, wrists and fingers performing the balancing of my weight to the mat; 3. (Pincha Mayurasana) Forearm plank tones my spinal muscles, teaches my legs to walk forward to my forearm and lift my body forward (keeping the spine free from compression), this allows me to confront and reduce the fear and disorientation that can arise in inversions.

As I kept practising, I become more comfortable in the pose and I am learning to lift and lighten the body by actively grounding the crown of the head onto the floor so that my arms bear very little weight, serving merely as outriggers to maintain balance, and the pose feels light and nearly effortless.

Student, Jenny Yeng