Headstand: How-to, Tips, Benefits

In our beginner yoga pose series, Michael Taylor from Strala Yoga in New York City demonstrates a Headstand.

How-to: From your hands and knees, lower your forearms to the ground, elbows right under your shoulders. Clasp your fingers lightly together, and bring the top of your head to the ground just behind the heels of your hands. Tuck your toes, straighten your legs, and walk your feet in until your hips are over your head. Lift one leg and then the other, or both legs at once, until your legs are straight up in the air.

Tips: Your feet will lift easily off the ground when your base is strong, your feet are close to your body, and your hips up vertical over your head. Practice by walking your feet as close to your body as possible, and then lift just one foot by bending your knee and bringing your calf into the back of your thigh. If you go too far, you’ll just roll forward onto your back. Make sure the space in front of you is clear, and practice keeping your knees bent and legs low until your base is steady.

Benefits: Improves balance and circulation. Calming.

Michael Taylor

Co-Founder Of Strala Yoga & Tai Chi Expert
Mike Taylor is the co-founder of Strala along with his wife, Tara Stiles. He studied mind-body medicine at Harvard and complementary medicine at Oxford. Mike has practiced Eastern movement and healing, including tai chi and qigong, for more than 30 years. In his younger years, Mike challenged centuries of reasonable and well-tested martial traditions in hundreds of competitions by applying unruly imagination to a world where rules were unbreakable. His record established the strength of finding your own way in your own body rather than copying the techniques of other people’s traditions. As he got older, Mike continued on to medical applications of the mind-body connection in university. After running into walls with standard medical practice in the United States and England, he left his health care roots for a little while. As the first internet boom was getting started, he joined the startup team of one company, then founded a couple more. Now through Strala, Mike has found his way back to health care done right: helping people let go of stress in their bodies and minds, enable their lives, and become their own best caregivers.Mike has climbed some of the world’s largest mountains in Alaska, the Alps, and the Himalayas. He’s now a cyclist and runner and spends as much free time as possible exploring the backcountry on foot, skis, and snowboard. He lives in New York with his wife, Tara, and baby, Daisy.
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