You've been practicing yoga for a while, and have mastered balancing in a basic headstand. Not only is it a great trick to whip out at parties to impress your friends, but holding this pose is an extremely effective way to strengthen your core and upper body and circulate your blood. Doing a headstand the same way every time you practice yoga is a little boring though, so have a little fun with it the next time you go upside down.
To find out how
- Begin with your hands and knees on the mat. Lower your elbows to the floor and interlace your fingers, bringing your lowest pinky in front of the other pinky, forming a semi-circle with your hands.
- Place the back of your head against your palms, and the top of your head on the mat, so your skull is vertical with the floor. Once your head and forearms feel stable, straighten both legs and walk your feet toward your face as far as you can.
- Shift your hips over your shoulders, and keep your elbows planted firmly on the mat. Lift your right leg straight up toward the sky and then your left leg up too, coming into Bound Headstand.
- After five breaths with your legs straight, begin to slowly move your legs. Bring them out wide in a straddle position and hold for another five breaths. Then bend your knees, bringing the soles of your feet together in a Butterfly position, holding for another five. Get creative and bring your legs in split position, Eagle, or try other variations. Then bring your legs back together, fold at your hips, and slowly lower your feet to the floor.