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YOGA CHALLENGE: Double Arm Headstand

Are you ready for the latest YOGA CHALLENGE? Oh good. Since you've been practicing Bound Headstand, here's a variation for you to try called Double Arm Headstand.

It just takes a little practice to distribute the weight evenly across your arms and head, but once you get it, you'll say "Oh, this is just like Bound Headstand!"

Sanskrit Name: Baddha Hasta Sirsasana B
English Translation: Bound Hands Headstand Posture B
Also Called: Double Arm Headstand

Get a friend to snap a picture of you doing it. Then go to the YOGA CHALLENGE group. If you aren't already a member, click on the word "Subscribe" on the left-hand side under the black & white photo. If you're not sure how to post your picture to the group, check out this explanation.

Are you ready? If you want to know how to get into Double Arm Headstand, then

  • Begin with your hands and knees on the mat. Lower your elbows to the floor and grab a hold of your opposite elbows with your hands, so your forearms are parallel.
  • Place the top of your head on the mat right in front of your forearms - you want your forehead to be touching whichever forearm is in front. Work on evenly distributing the weight between your head and your elbows (just like in Bound Headstand).
  • Once your head and forearms feel stable, straighten both legs and walk your feet towards your face as far as you can.
  • Shift your hips over your shoulders, and keep your forearms planted firmly on the mat. Lift your right leg straight up towards the sky, and stay here, or work on lifting your left leg up too, coming into Double Arm Headstand.

That's it! Don't forget to post your pics here. I can't wait to see them. I'll choose my favorite and post it right here on FitSugar.

Beaner Beaner 10 years
I love headstands - so much easier than handstands!
PrissyLilBadAss PrissyLilBadAss 10 years
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this! I was doing it in my living room the other day. It feels WONDERFUL in your shoulders! I can pretty much hold it forever (I used to be a gymnast), or until my dog comes over and bites my nose!
Fitness Fitness 10 years
If you can get yourself up and balanced in Bound Headstand, you can DEFINITElY do this one! I'm serious - just give it a try. Don't say you CAN'T before you even try. Do it in front of a wall to help you stay up. And you can work on moving your feet away from the wall when you're ready. It can be scary to be upside down for many people, but the more practice you do, the easy it will become.
rubialala rubialala 10 years
Oh, yeah, that's gonna happen.
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