Yoga Poses, Yoga Videos: Headstand Part II

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FREE YOGA HEADSTAND VIDEO (Sirsasana Pose)
Sirsasana, or headstand, is considered to be the “king of asanas,” or the king of all yoga poses. In truth, it’s a simple pose with tremendous benefits. In the Sivananda Yoga tradition, headstand is taught as the very first pose of the sequence. In most schools, headstand it taught last, so it takes some getting used to. But the truth is, if you are comfortable practicing headstand, it can be a very good way to warm the body up for practice and encourage blood circulation.

HEADSTAND & FLEXIBILITY
Headstand does not require much flexibility, and with proper instruction, even very stiff, inflexible people can master this pose. That said, if your hamstrings and shoulders are open and free, it does make it much easier and more comfortable. Headstand eventually becomes a very relaxing restful poses. Your breathing slows to 8-10 breaths per minute, and you can feel your heart rate drop as well.

MASTERING HEADSTAND
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Poses such as sun salutations can help balance and strengthen the upper body, but in reality, headstand requires very little strength when practiced properly. The easiest way to teach yourself this pose is to count your breaths. Begin with an easy number like 5 or 10 breaths, and slowly (but continuously) add breaths day-by-day until you can hold for 30 (or more) breaths comfortably.

YOUR ARMS IN HEADSTAND
In most versions of headstand, your arms are doing little more than balancing your body. As a general rule, you don’t want to feel strain or tightness in the shoulders or arms as you practice. More than anything, you gently keep you hips over your shoulders and your ankles over your hips so the balance is natural.

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