Arm Balance Series: Sirsasana

If you’ve made it this far, you are a champ!  So you’ve perfected your chaturanga and started to fly your crow in bakasana…  Now what???  Part of the process of exploring our third chakra is rising above our fears.  A great way to do this is in sirsasana (supported headstand)!  Look.  I know many of you out there are probably saying “girl you cray”, but I promise there is a level of the pose that each of you can achieve today.

Sirsasana

As with all inversions, the key is to ease yourself into this slowly.  Sure, feel free to push yourself to that next level, but not at the compromise of safety.  Please use blocks, a blanket, a wall, or any other prop that you feel may help aid you in this process.  These things are here to make your life easier, so definitely take advantage.  Don’t forget to warm-up either.  It is not a trivial matter to support so much weight on your head and so this will help reduce your risk of injury.  As you watch the below video, keep in mind that we never want to use momentum to get into this pose.  A slow contraction of your abdominals will allow you to stack the weight of your lower body above your base.  Finally, always remember to breath!

Looking ahead

Take a moment to pat yourself on the back!  You’ve now entered the world of arm balances and inversions.  How high will you fly?  Well, that is all up to you!  This is the end of this arm balance series, but we will dive deeper into these topics in the future with new poses and variations.  As always, drop me a line if you have any questions!

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