Top 2 Tips to Get Up into Headstand
So you’ve done a bit of yoga and you like it. You scroll through Instagram and see all these upside-down-inside-out-feet-over-head positions and think that that seems like a completely different form of exercise that what you are doing! But you’re a go-getter so you have tried a couple of the more accessible intermediate poses…like headstand! But are you doing it right? Are you struggling to get up?
Whether you have never tried headstand before, are struggling with getting up, or have been doing it for a while, these tips will make headstand easier, safer, and better for your body.
Frist, if you have never done headstand before, watch my how-to video on the mechanics of the pose.
Now onto my not-so-secret tips on getting up into headstand:
1. SHOULDERS SHOULDERS SHOULDERS
It seems silly to actually say it but when doing headstand, it is all in the shoulders-- the shoulder girdle, and all the muscles around it. That is your base. So I don’t want to see any sagging shoulder’s like this.
Press into the ground with your shoulder girdle. Essentially no weight will be on your head because it is all coming down into your forearms. That’s how we protect the neck.
2. USE YOUR ABS
Headstand is actually a bigger ab workout than you think!
Let me guess. As you have been working on getting up into headstand, feel like swinging your legs to get up into headstand? That’s because you are using momentum to do the work that your abs should be doing. It’s okay everyone does it, but let’s correct that form!
Here is a great way for you to first get up into headstand while working on feeling your abs: tuck your knees into your chest. You can even start with one leg at a time and then when you’re ready, take both up. Another bonus: you’re closer to the ground so you won’t have as far to fall AAAND you won’t even need a wall, cuz we don’t have any swinging legs. Win win win.
Once you are comfortable with that, you can start piking up or doing other ways to enter the pose.
Just remember: ABS while prepping, abs while entering, abs while sustaining. Abs all day every day.
BONUS TIP: Practice.
Yeah it's not glamorous. But you're not going to get up into headstand your first time...or your second. That is the only way that your body is going to get used to being in this funny upside down position. Put just a few minutes every day (or every other day) and you'll slowly get there!
And falling is part of the learning process. Embrace it.