Headstand Pose: Full Pose and Variations

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Instructor Crista Shillington
Average: 4.8 (25 votes)
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This is the third in a series of three classes that prepare your body and mind to go upside down into headstand pose (sirsasana). Crista takes everything that you learned in the first two class and helps you establish arm and head placement, the subtle shift of weight and the energy and strength that you need in your body to lift, hold and lower with control. The first class in this series is Headstand Pose: Shoulders and Core and the second class is Headstand Pose: Leg Strength and Flexibility.

Equipment: None
Style: Vinyasa Yoga, Yoga for Strength


Irishlove 9 months ago

That was truly an abundant practise. I loved the variety, and having supta padangusthasana (and variations to core) in the practice along with the inversions. I really feel awesome and thank you so much for the mantra to LAKSHMI.

Could you please provide the words to this chant to LAKSHMI?

It was a very powerful and moving mantra for me!

Namaste from Ireland. ॐ

Om Namo Lakshmi
Crista Shillington 9 months ago

Om Namo Lakshmi
Prema Devi Mataji
Shri Ma Jaya Ma Jaya Jaya Ma

A chant to the Divine Goddess of Prosperity, Material/Spiritual Wealth & Abundance.

So glad you enjoyed it :)

Grand finale
Sylviaperezdelae 1 year ago

Thanks for the three classes to arrive to head stand! Brilliant!!! Love the singing so espritual and vibrant thank you!!!

Just a tiny suggestion, on the headstand perhaps will be good to advise to do it close to a wall in case you fall backwards :)

Hi Sylvia,
Crista Shillington 9 months ago

Hi Sylvia,
Thanks for the suggestion, yes, using a wall behind you in headstand can be beneficial in finding how far forward you need to bring your hips, and for feeling more supported. I am a strong proponent in using the wall especially for handstands and forearm stand. In headstand, it is most dangerous for the neck to fall sideways out of headstand- ideally you want to fall straight forward so you can tuck and roll. So, personally, I generally don't teach headstand at the wall. Also because I don't want people to kick up when they are putting pressure on their neck, I want them to come up slowly and in control, which I have found they are more likely to do without a wall there to catch them. But as long as you don't fall sideways, it is a really useful tool! And many many people find it helpful, so thank you for bringing up that alternative way to do headstand.

I did my first headstand
karabend 1 year ago

I did my first headstand without a wall behind me - thank you Crista, and loved learning a new beautiful mantra, perfect ending.

Ah. Spirituality
mrswright2015 1 year ago

As a Christian Buddhist, I found the mantra at the end of this practice to be a sweet reward at the end of a challenging practice. Thank you Crista.

Beautiful practice
Helen Alford 1 year ago

I was almost put off by the fact it was advanced but actually it was fine for an intermediate student with some un-bendy parts, And I loved the beautiful prayer at the end, perfect.