Headstand Pose: Full Pose and Variations

Crista Shillington
Instructor Crista Shillington
Average: 4.8 (37 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/Power Yoga, Yoga for Strength


Lindabb 10 months ago

Wow! I never thought I would be able to do a headstand. I've been practicing yoga consistently (5+ times a week) during the quarantine (2020) and after this series of classes, I see that it's possible. Thank you Crista! I still need to keep working on it, might repeat the 3 classes one more time.

This is an intermediate class that teaches you how to do a headstand. If I had read the description more closely, I would have understood that. This is not an advanced class for people who already practice headstand.

Manjusri 1 year ago

You've made the seeming impossible, possible. This series is such a gift - complete, generous, expansive and transformational. I repeated the first two classes three times before attempting this one, and my body and mind were ready. Bless you, Crista. Jai Ma!

sng4ever 2 years ago

Three great videos to understand and grow to headstand.
Also, Crista has a lovely voice - as apparent from this and other practices.
A must do series for everyone who wants to do / has been doing headstand.

Irishlove 2 years 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

Crista Shillington 2 years 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 :)

Sylviaperezdelae 3 years 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 :)

Crista Shillington 2 years 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.

karabend 3 years ago

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