Curate your way to asana #01 Salamba Sirsasana
Supported or free standing headstand not only strengthens all your body, but also calms your mind – how many times a day do you actually allow your blood to flow the opposite direction. Exactly. Close to never. This asana when practices correctly could become your favorite one – all you have to do is loose the fear and accept the fall. Funnily enough, by now I first learn to fall out of a difficult asana – it gives me courage to try again and fail better.
Step by step instructions are the following:
- Kneel on the floor. Lace your fingers together and set the forearms on the floor, elbows at shoulder width. Roll the upper arms slightly outward, but press the inner wrists firmly into the floor
- Set the crown of your head on the floor at the edge of your palms
- Make sure your palms could hold a little plum inside, this way your palms will not open and you will have stronger support.
- Inhale and lift your knees off the floor. Very slowly start walking your feet closer to your elbow, heels off the floor. Once the feet are close and You cannot walk closer actively lift through the top of thighs as if forming and inverted *V*.
- Firm the shoulder blades from the top of the head and push them toward your tailbone. It will help your torso stay long and strong as well as support from collapsing to your neck and head.
- Exhale and lift both of your feet of the floor. Imagine that you are hugging your feet, trying to push them as close to your chest as possible. If you feel balanced – rise your feet so they are perpendiculat to the floor. Hold the tailbone as close to the pelvis as possible.
- Press the heels toward the ceiling and breath. You have won the lottery of happy endings. Almost.
- Go back the same way you went in – do not jump back to the floor.
- Stay in child’s pose fro few breaths, relax your head.