Working your way to straight legs up in headstand is possible. ⭐️ set up by placing the forearms to the floor, hold the outer arm with the opposite hand for good elbow distance the hands, interlace the fingers and place the forearm, outer hand and crown of the head to the floor. ⭐️ lift the hips and straighten the legs as best you can like downward facing dog. Then walk them in as close as you can. Knees can bend a little! ⭐️ practice shifting the weight front to back. As you feel more pressure i. The head, press more into the forearms. ⭐️ watch carefully for the tipping point when the hips are far enough over the shoulders to take the weight almost entirely out of the legs. This requires a lot of flexibility. Don’t be fooled 😉
⭐️ practice 1,2,3 and 3,2,2 technique to lift the legs and learn to balance with the hips stacked on the shoulders. ⭐️ over time, gradually straighten the legs and work up to several arounds of taps to build core strength and balancing stability.
Use a wall as needed but the simpler drills can be practices away from the wall, further prepping for free balancing headstand.
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A L I G N
So what the fudge have I learned and what am I still learning?
Well, first off, I'm still learning everything. That will never be done, but that's not the point right now.
When you have established yourself in a certain alignment, you have to move out of it, often more deeply than you want, before you can establish a new alignment. If the process is taken on with attention and integrity, the new alignment can be stronger, cleaner, and more clear than the old. That time between alignments, however, is challenging, messy, and not uncommonly painful. That is where I am now, and where we all need to go. We need to shake ourselves loose from the patriarchal white supremacist societal alignment that we have been born into, we all have been hurt by, and some of us have profited from.
White people - listen to people who don't look like you. Really listen. REALLY LISTEN. Don't respond right away. Don't react. Don't hide. LISTEN. I don't mean go to your black friend and ask what they think about white supremacy, don't force emotional labor from anyone. Go find books and podcasts and blogs and other media produced by Black Indigenous People of Color (especially women) and really process it. Pay the creators for these things. Try to take in a lot.
Then, dig deep into your life, your memory and view it through this newlenses. Open yourself to the fact that you've been wrong about a lot of things for a long time.
1) you are privileged.
2) you can be simultaneously oppressed and oppressor.
3) you are not special, you need to do your work.
4) this is a deep, wide, and insidious problem that pervades all parts of our lives. Prepare yourself for a long haul of work.
5) your feelings do not matter more than BIPOC lives. When you feel uncomfortable, angry, sad, or anything else that makes you want to shut out a BIPOC and their words, stop, sit in the discomfort, and work for understanding instead of reporting them on social media or calling the police. This includes accepting the established boundaries - not every space is for you.
Continued in comments
Until today, I always relied on a wall for safety in Sirsasana or Supported Headstand. After Asana practice, @yoga_girl
workshopped this pose, according to Iyengar, the “King of the Asanas.” Everything from tucking the bottom pinky under, proper distance between elbows, the fact that “a piece of A4 paper should easily glide under the head”, how to measure with your thumb and forefinger exactly where the crown of your head is, and indicating this is the point that should gently rest on the ground, how to engage your core (which @lara.heimann
conducted an entire class on “more core”💪🏼)while actively engaging your legs and glutes-constantly directing energy upward, to slowing the ascent and not kicking up. Using these valuable tips, I was able to slowly raise my legs up during a sunset yoga class and quite simply amazed myself! 🙌🏼 When we use the term “practice and all is coming” in yoga, it’s verifiable right here, right now. I’m ever amazed at the human body and its ability to perform under guidance and knowledge and presence. On top of all of this I learned the risks, so always watch your students and offer support before extending a laissez-faire attitude about this pose in your classes. At the very least a strong dolphin pose is needed to ensure sufficient upper body strength to keep pressure off of the cervical spine. 🙏🏼✨🙌🏼
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