Salamba Sirsasana (supported headstand)

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Why did I choose this Asana? Because Sirsasana, or headstand in English, seems like a very challenging pose, but in reality, it is not.

If you let go of your fears, if you go step by step, and if you build a strong foundation first to find stability in your core, then it will take you only a few trial to succeed. And when you succeed, you feel like a completely different person. You almost feel like you have super powers and this is such a great confidence booster.

To be fair, I had enough balance thanks to my dance background and I was strong enough to be able to hold the pose with my arms and core. But I could not do it and I was telling myself that there was no way I could do this. When you tell yourself that you cannot do something, there is a very high chance that your intuition will be true. But at the moment you start thinking that you can do it and visualize yourself into the pose, it happens.

You have to be sure that you can get there eventually. It will take the time that you need, but be convinced that it will happen.

My personal experience of going into Sirsasana was at a yoga event at East Coast Park where I went with a friend of mine. My experience of yoga was very minimal and at the end of the class, the teacher told us that we could go into headstand if we were comfortable with it. So instead of trying, I just sat on my knees and watched the others, being very impressed.

My friend Laura, who was with me, gave me the best tip of all time. She told me to press firmly my knees into my chest to go up instead of kicking my legs. I tried it and this gave me the sensation of being inverted and I immediately understood how to position my body in order to find balance. This was the 23rd of January 2016 and I am very grateful for the advice she gave me.

If you do not have the strength to go into Sirsasana, I recommend some shoulder opening and strengthening exercises (crescent lunge reverse prayer, Prasaritta Padottanasana A & C, Ardha Pincha Mayurasana), arm strengthening (Bakasana, Chaturanga) and core (Navasana, Santolasana).

 

Being inverted has many benefits. It improves blood circulation and flow of blood to the brain, improves the cardiovascular function, drains blood and fluid in the legs, improves gland function, reduce back pain and is anti-ageing.

 

I love Sirsasana, because it tests your mental and physical boundaries.

Elodie Warner 20/03/2016