I have never done headstand pose (Sirsasana) before in my life prior to attend the 200hr TTC. My first impression when the class was told to try headstand on our 1st day of lesson was like oh my God, how am I going to do this pose as it look so scary to me. I was also wondering if it is possible that I will be able to do it one day.  But without trying, I will not be able to know if I am able to balance myself upside down. And so, in my very first attempt to try this pose, I was not able to do it at all.

However, after sometime of practise, I have finally gotten the technique and able to slowly lift up my leg and hold. Although at that point, I was still not able to lift up my leg straight, I have already feel a sense of satisfaction. It is very important to have regular practise in yoga in order to improve the posture

A strong and stable base is very important in headstand as they need to support the weight of the rest of our body. I have learnt that by understanding the correct technique in doing every yoga poses is very important as once we have got it, we will be able to slowly improve in that pose.

Sirsasana strengthen deep core muscles which i am really lack off. To hold a straight headstand for an extended period of time, we must engage the obliques, the rectus abdominus and the transverse abdominus. 

Believe in yourself and do not give up. Through practise, practise and practise, One day we will be able to get into that pose 🙂

Here are the steps for beginner to get into  Sirsasana

  • setting yourself up in child’s pose 
  • Set up your arms for the perfect foundation
  • Positioning the little finger (or not)
  • Getting the head in a right place
  • Walk towards the head
  • How far should you go
  • The lift off
  • Make sure to use your bandhas (core strength)
  • How to come out safely

There are many benefits from doing headstand which 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

Preparatory poses:

  • Adho Murkha Svanasana
  • Salamba Svanasana
  • Uttanasana

Counter pose: Balasana

Silvie – 200hr YTTC Weekend

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