Benefits of this pose:
- Relieves Stress
- Strengthens shoulders, arms and core
- Improves digestion
- Increases focus
- Stimulates the lymphatic system (remove toxins from the body)
How to do Headstand Pose:
Come to a forward fold with feet hip-width apart. Grab opposite elbows, soften knees, and hang like a rag doll to open up spine and hamstrings for at least 5 deep breaths.
Go into forearm plank. Begin on hands and knees with forearms shoulder-width apart. Keep elbows there, then clasp hands, tuck toes, lift knees off the ground, and step feet back. Reach through the heels and crown of the head, keeping a long spine. Engage navel to spine and breathe here for at least 5 deep breaths.
Go into dolphin pose. Begin on hands and knees with forearms shoulder-width apart. Keep elbows there, then clasp hands and lift hips high. Drop head and breathe here for at least 5 deep breaths.
Dolphin Pushup. From dolphin, reach chin toward thumbs on an inhale. Come almost to a forearm plank but not quite. On an exhale, lift back to dolphin, raising hips back toward the ceiling. Do 10 reps and then rest in child’s pose.
Opposite Shoulder Reach. From dolphin pushup, come to knees, release forearms to the ground, and grab opposite elbows to ensure that they’re shoulder-width apart, making sure to grab the outside of upper arms.
Headstand Push. Keeping elbows shoulder-width apart, gather hands in a basket-type shape and rest them on the ground, making sure that pinkies are touching the ground. Place head on the ground and push lightly into hands. Tuck toes and lift hips for headstand prep. Breathe here for 5 deep breaths or until comfortable to move to the next step.
Walk feet in as close to elbows as possible and then, one at a time, lift heels to butt to form an egg shape. Breath here for at least 5 deep breaths or as long as is comfortable.
When you feel stable and ready, start to reach feet straight up over shoulders and hips until legs are long. You can point or flex feet. Breathe and enjoy the change of perspective!