SUPPORTED HEADSTAND

Salamba Sirsasana Headstand

(Salamba Sirsasana )

How to Perform

• Measure the distance between the elbows by holding the upper arms.

• Interlace the fingers and slightly cup the hands. Place the crown of the head on the floor and cradle the back of the head with the hands. Make sure the natural curvature of the cervical spine is kept.

• Walk the feet towards the head until the hips are directly above the shoulders. Take one heel towards the sit bones and if you feel stable lift the other. Extend both heels towards the sky.

• Press firmly into the wrists and elbows. Lift the shoulders away from the ears. Squeeze the legs together, press up through the inner edges of the feet and fan out the toes.

Modification

• Practise using a wall behind you so you feel supported as you come up.

• You can stay with legs tucked until feeling stable.

Benefits

• Strengthens the arms, spine and legs.

• Improves digestion.

• As with all inversions, it reverses the blood flow and improves circulation

• Tones the abdominal organs.

• Calms the brain, relieving mild stress and depression.