How to do a headstand perfectly?
Remember the head should only have less than 10% of the bodyweight
Salamba Shirshasana or Shirshasana but mostly known as the headstand provides stress relief, helps your mind to stay focused, circulation of the blood flow to the eyes, head and scalp, stimulates the lymphatic system, they help in feeling alive and say bye-bye to mental fatigue, depression and you can see the word inverted!
If you are a beginner its absolutely crucial and is always advised to have an instructor with you whenever you attempt to do a headstand. Doing a headstand has its perks when done strictly but when indolently done it could cause nerve damages. Alignment of the backbone, the legs, the entire body needs to be accounted for.
There are so many variations for a headstand, each to be flexed very delicately
Salamba Shirshasana 2
Headstand 2 (palms down, shoulder width)
Salamba Shirshasana 3
Headstand 3 (palms down, in front of face)
Baddha Hasta Shirshasana
Bound Hands Headstand
Baddha Konasana Shirshasana
Bound Angle Pose in Headstand
Eka Pada Shirshasana
Mukta Hasta Shirshasana
Free Hands Headstand
Single-Leg Revolved Headstand
Upavistha Konasana Shirshasana
Seated Angle Pose in Headstand
Urdhva Padmasana in Shirshasana
Upward Lotus in Headstand
Force, loading rate and neck angle are the crucial aspects that you should work with. While trying to or doing Shirshasana try to give less force to the head while exiting from the pose and while entering.
The loading rate is connected with the strain rate as in how much change occurs to the shape of the tissue when a load is applied and the speed in which the load is applied.
Take baby steps while doing a headstand, go slow, take your time to invert.
Step by step moves:-
To ease up into the headstand:
Lift your right foot to bring your right knee to your chest.
Take a few deep breaths. When you feel steady, inhale and engage your core muscles.
In a slow, controlled, movement exhale as you lift your left foot and bring it to your chest alongside your right.
Breathe deeply and keep your core engaged for as long as you remain in the headstand pose.
You can also try this method of getting into the pose:
Keep both legs straight. Inhale as you lift your right leg straight up toward the ceiling.
Exhale. Make sure your right leg is completely in line with your torso.
Once you feel steady, inhale and engage your core to lift your left leg up next to your right.
Balance there. Remember to breathe and keep your core strong. When you're first starting out, try to stay in the pose for about 10 seconds.
When you're ready to come down, reverse the steps you used to get into the pose. Your movements should be slow and controlled.
Finish by resting in Child's Pose.
You can add variations as you go for it.
Practice against a wall: This can be especially helpful as you are learning how to get in and out of a headstand and can support you as you practice your breathing techniques while you hold the pose.
Use a spotter: The first few times you try to get into the pose on your own, it's a good idea to have someone nearby to help you out. Not only can they help you avoid injury, but they can also provide encouragement and reminders to breath.
Helpful equipment: Ask your instructor or trainer about using a tool like a feet-up trainer or yoga blocks to help you practice.