Headstand Pose: Shoulders and Core

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Instructor Crista Shillington
Average: 4.9 (53 votes)
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Note: instead of two blocks, you can use two thick books. This is the first in a series of classes on the essential elements of headstand pose (sirsasana). In this class, Crista helps you with the strength and flexibility in the shoulders that you need to move into and out of this challenging pose, and hold it without putting too much pressure on the head and neck. You won't be doing headstand just yet, so don't be afraid! The next class in this series is Headstand Pose: Leg Strength and Flexibility.

Equipment: Block
Style: Vinyasa Yoga


Amazing for opening shoulders
Katihanami 2 months ago

I loved this class, it not only helps me to strengthen towards headstand, but also really opened up my chest from doing pole fitness. Seems simple but really makes you sweat.

Great for shoulder strength and easing tension
rebeccably 6 months ago

Love the eagle pose arm variations. I was able to access some deeper tension and lengthen it out with that pressure on the floor. Love her manner, well-cued but doesn't take it too seriously; refreshingly lightweight while physically challenging. Thanks!

That. Was. Awesome.
M.Doman 9 months ago

Thank you Crista! I carry so much tension in my shoulders and neck and sometimes experience limited movement. Now I feel more free to move. Excellent!

Just the right challenge...
Irishlove 10 months ago

Although I can do headstand, classes such as this are really wonderful for challenging my alignment, which can rely too heavily on my flexibility. I always take the strongest, most difficult "Dolphin" and I'm learning that rather than keeping my forearms parallel, to bring them a bit more in a v-shape whilst still leaving my elbows under my shoulders. I will definitely keep doing this series and revisit this class again. I especially appreciate that Crista calls out postures before going into them as it helps me to keep the flow and spend less time looking toward the monitor. Namaste from Ireland.

Sweet Challenge

Christa offers just the right balance between sweet fun and challenge. Loved this one too - even though those Dolphin push-ups are something else! All these creative shoulder openers are divine and definitely revisit-able!

Another fun and stretchy class
nadomom 1 year ago

Wow this class stretched out my upper back across my shoulders. Wonderful. I really needed this particular stretch. Thank you.

Series grouped together would be nice
zuzana_hronska 1 year ago

It would be nice to have some indication of which class is the next in the series, like you have with the challenges.

Upper back and neck delight
Kiratee 1 year ago

Upper back and neck delight

My shoulders feel so good !
HeatherSue 1 year ago

This is the perfect class for relieving shoulder/neck tension (which is a chronic issue for me). Christa's beautiful instruction really targets those pesky tight areas in the neck and upper back, while at the same time building strength in those areas. Thank-you so much for this class, I feel like I just came back from a massage :)