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Headstand Challenge

Headstand Challenge

For those of you that don't know me and what I do, I'm a certified yoga instructor and have been teaching for almost three years now. I became a yoga instructor because of ONE pose -- the tripod headstand. I got this pose down pat the first time I ever tried it, so I was like hey, why not just get into yoga! After that I practiced almost everyday, decided to get certified, and now here I am teaching YOU the pose that got me started. 

Let me explain WHY this pose benefits YOU:

  1. Strengthens your arms, legs, and spine
  2. Tones your abdominals
  3. Helps ease stress
  4. Boosts your mood

Unfortunately, this pose might not be for everyone. If you have had any type of back or neck injuries, suffer from constant or severe headaches, high blood pressure, or heart conditions I advice you to avoid it. 

For me, getting into the pose was easy. It was easy because I wasn't afraid of failing or falling. The best advice I can give you is to trust yourself and be confident that you will eventually be able to achieve it. I will be going over one way to get into the pose, but there are a few different ways and will mention the others along the way. 

Follow the pictures below:

DISCLAIMER: I'm trying to be a badass for cool pictures. Please practice safely with a yoga mat under your head :) 

Now you can continue...

STEP 1:  Stretch and open up your shoulders because this pose is A LOT of shoulder and arm work!

STEP 1:  Stretch and open up your shoulders because this pose is A LOT of shoulder and arm work!

STEP 2: Interlace your hands behind your back and stand with your legs as wide as they can go without the outsides of your feet lifting off of the floor, aka keep your feet flat. (P.s. This is an action shot, I was getting there)

STEP 2: Interlace your hands behind your back and stand with your legs as wide as they can go without the outsides of your feet lifting off of the floor, aka keep your feet flat. (P.s. This is an action shot, I was getting there)

STEP 3: With a wide stance and your hands interlaced behind your back, bend your chest forward all the way into the wide-legged forward fold pose.

STEP 3: With a wide stance and your hands interlaced behind your back, bend your chest forward all the way into the wide-legged forward fold pose.

STEP 4: Bring the flattest part of your head to the mat. Then, place your hands behind your head. There should be a triable shape between both of your hands and your head. Your head should be at the top of the triangle and your hands are the bottom two corners of the triangle.  Keep your elbows in 90 degrees. STEP 5: Bend your knees and place them at the corners of your elbows, then lift your feet SLOWLY (as shown in picture). This is the easier way to get into the pose and get used to the adjustment to being upside down. The harder way is to lift your legs straight up with no bending of the knees and without this middle adjustment position. Sort of like the CHALLENGE STEP but going in the opposite direction (from floor to sky).

STEP 4: Bring the flattest part of your head to the mat. Then, place your hands behind your head. There should be a triable shape between both of your hands and your head. Your head should be at the top of the triangle and your hands are the bottom two corners of the triangle.  Keep your elbows in 90 degrees.

STEP 5: Bend your knees and place them at the corners of your elbows, then lift your feet SLOWLY (as shown in picture).

This is the easier way to get into the pose and get used to the adjustment to being upside down. The harder way is to lift your legs straight up with no bending of the knees and without this middle adjustment position. Sort of like the CHALLENGE STEP but going in the opposite direction (from floor to sky).

STEP 6: This is where your core really kicks in! Use your abs to pull your legs up. I cannot stress on this enough. ABS ABS ABS!

STEP 6: This is where your core really kicks in! Use your abs to pull your legs up. I cannot stress on this enough. ABS ABS ABS!

STEP 7: Once your knees are in 90 degrees and your hips are stacked directly over your shoulders, I would practice balancing here and getting used to your body weight in this position.

STEP 7: Once your knees are in 90 degrees and your hips are stacked directly over your shoulders, I would practice balancing here and getting used to your body weight in this position.

STEP 8: Slowly extend the knees and hips all the way, and there you have it! You're in a tripod headstand!

STEP 8: Slowly extend the knees and hips all the way, and there you have it! You're in a tripod headstand!

CHALLENGE: Once you've mastered keeping your balance in the tripod headstand you can start playing around with your legs! Use your abs, hip abductors, and adductors to move your legs out and in! Great way to strengthen these muscles!  

CHALLENGE: Once you've mastered keeping your balance in the tripod headstand you can start playing around with your legs! Use your abs, hip abductors, and adductors to move your legs out and in! Great way to strengthen these muscles!

 

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