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May 12, 2012

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Tina

Chakras that are engaged with headstand: ajna and sahasrara...
I can get the same mind-blowing aftereffects of practice from a strong hare pose, including mental clarity and a feeling of near-rebirth. You have to put a lot of weight on your head in that pose, too, and that's how you get the effect. Also, same with dolphin with your head on the ground (preferably the bregma or fontanel--hairline of your head).

Chakra that is engaged with sasangasana and dolphin headstand prep: sahasrara. You need some arm strength for the latter, but since your legs or feet stay on the ground, you can easily control the pressure on the head.

A lot less neck pain, and ability to hold the pose 12 breaths instead of 3; count for a lot with me. The difference between the forward bend or demi-inversion and the full inversion, in how you feel afterwards, is just the lagniappe ...

I hope that the 8th Chakra does not figure in ... you could do real damage to the cervical spine with the misalignment ...

In my online yoga classes, none of the teachers on that site use the wall to teach headstand; and the last teacher I ever had (live) - not the one who had the agenda, but a young lady--different studio--who seemed to encourage all this headstanding said you have to NOT use the wall to prop you up very soon after you start to learn, or there will be damage ...

I say, just my luck ... My self-sequenced home practice, makes the hare and the half-headstand completely interchangeable. My online classes are teaching me intermediate-level arm balances.

I define my challenges, and that is how it should be.

Laura V. Rodriguez

Yes - I am taking it very slowly. Just getting used to putting my head in the position and placing weight on my elbows. I have never had much upper body strength and thus never have done poses like the crow. I can the shoulder stand because the weight is supported by my arms and shoulders. The head stand requires holding up more with the arms and positioning them carefully.

Tina

I hear conflicting stories about use of the wall to help you.

But it's there to help the more overzealous of teachers who have classes where they can't give personal attention but they need the students doing the pose, to complete the tableau of the class ...

Better just to get where you can go, without the wall. Or, as Yoda says, "Do or do not. There is no try."

One yoga teacher calls the wall "the 8th chakra" - "the wall chakra" ... there is no such chakra ...

Laura Rodriguez

Excellent tips, Tina! Yes, it's not quite right to try to jump or kick into the headstand. I watched a few youtube videos but their instructions were not detailed enough and some showed variations of the headstand that I doubt I could ever do!

Tina

Before I'd gotten tired of my neck hurting for a few hours, six hours and/or one day later, I too was doing half tripod headstand with my knees resting on my upper arms and my feet in the air. No thanks, for that, to any studio because--you know my story--they'd just scared me off ...

Once I got over the very real fear of breaking my neck, I lifted adequate instructions off vinyasa yoga teacher Jonny Kest by way of the issue of Prevention Yoga Life. But I had made sure first that, given a neck like mine, that at the time, I was able to hold crow for a few breaths.

Now, if yours is a fear issue rather than a weight-on-neck issue (I really preferred a variation of headstand that took my disproportionally-short upper arms into account such as the tripod) you will do fine. What do I give the studio credit for, I tell to you: Just strengthen your Dolphin, get used to getting some weight on your neck (try to keep most of it in the arms, but you have to accept that your neck will bear a great deal of your weight), try not to jump or kick into any such headstand, don't do it like Arthur did.

Maybe, as a disabled paratrooper, he felt he had nothing to lose and his body could take it. But another thing I learned from the studio, the first yama of ahimsa ... do no harm - not to yourself (just too bad they did not follow their own preachings) ...

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