Supported Headstand

supported headstand

Salamba Sirsasana (Supported Headstand), variation Benefit: Headstand strengthens your shoulders and arms; teaches you how to protect your neck and build courage Instruction To work your way into supported headstand – Start on all fours with your toes touching a wall, hips stacked a little bit in front of your knees. Drop down onto your forearms. […]

Handstand: Step-by-Step Instructions


Like its inverted cousins such as Forearm Balance and Headstand, a major obstacle to Handstand is a natural fear of falling. So the basic pose will be described with the heels supported against a wall. Make sure that there are no hanging pictures or other decorations on the wall directly above you. (ah-doh moo-kah vriks-SHAHS-anna)adho […]

Feathered Peacock Pose

    Feathered Peacock Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions (pin-cha my-your-AHS-anna) pinca = feather mayura = peacock Perform a modified Adho Muhka Svanasana at your yoga wall, with your palms and forearms on the floor. Your fingertips should be right at the base of the wall, and your forearms parallel to each other at shoulder width. This […]

Supported Shoulderstand

  (sah-LOM-bah sar-van-GAHS-anna) salamba = with support (sa = with alamba = support) sarva = all anga = limb. There are variations of Shoulderstand that are “unsupported” = niralamba, pronounced near-ah-LOM-bah) Supported Shoulderstand: Step-by-Step Instructions Fold two or more firm blankets into rectangles measuring about 1 foot by 2 feet, and stack them one on […]

Supported Headstand

  (sah-LOM-bah shear-SHAHS-anna) salamba = with support (sa = with alamba = support) sirsa = head Supported Headstand: Step-by-Step Instructions Use a folded blanket or sticky mat to pad your head and forearms. Kneel on the floor. Lace your fingers together and set the forearms on the floor, elbows at shoulder width. Roll the upper […]

Plow Pose

Plow Pose Halasana

  (hah-LAHS-anna) hala = plow Plow Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions From Salamba Sarvangasana, exhale and bend from the hip joints to slowly lower your toes to the floor above and beyond your head. As much as possible, keep your torso perpendicular to the floor and your legs fully extended. With your toes on the floor, lift […]