Sirsasana – Headstand, was the motivation that lead me to yoga. To me, it looks fearsome, yet awesome. And I could not believe that I’d actually done it.
There was a lot of falling. But I kept trying. And somewhere along the line, a moment of weightless, my feet lifted off the mat. Only for a few seconds, and I’m sure I was shaking through the pose instead of engaging my core, but still. I felt it, then instantly immersed myself in happiness and joy. Then I kept practicing and every day since. I’ve also fallen. On my shoulders. On my back. On my face. But each misstep comes a new chance. To focus and start over.
Progress in postures comes from consistent practice, and that’s the only trick. While I’ve been trying, I recognized that the reason why I struggled so long for this pose was because I intended to jump up or kick into headstand, but getting into headstand should really be done through strength and control.
Here’s my sequence to get into the pose:
– Forearms pressed firmed on the ground, interlace fingers
– Straighten legs to downward facing dog
– Walk toward the shoulders
– Push strongly on the shoulders and arms
– Engage abdomen muscles
– Knees tuck into the chest
– Lift into headstand
Most importantly, release your fear, don’t compromise your breath and do it at your own peace. If you get frustrated, stop, try again tomorrow. Don’t give up.