A 4-Step Sequence To Nailing Headstand — Without Hurting Yourself
When done right, headstand is extremely beneficial for the body. Spending a minute or two on your head increases blood flow to the brain, delivering oxygen and extra nutrients. Who doesn't want that?
But as you've probably heard your yoga teachers say, you have to be careful with headstand. When done incorrectly or even in a rushed state of mind, it can be one of the more dangerous poses—mostly because it puts a heavy load on the neck, leading to injuries in both the neck and spine.
Below, SKY TING yoga's Chloe Kernaghan demonstrates how to do a headstand correctly in four simple steps.
Step 1: Bring your elbows underneath your shoulders, interlace your fingers, and ground your forearms.
Step 2: Come up to downward-facing dog on your head.
Step 3: Bring your knees into your chest.
Step 4: Extend your legs up to the ceiling.
Leigh Weingus is a New York City based freelance journalist and former Senior Relationships Editor at mindbodygreen where she analyzed new research on human behavior, looked at the intersection of wellness and women's empowerment, and took deep dives into the latest sex and relationship trends. She received her bachelor’s in English and Communication from the University of California, Davis. She has written for HuffPost, Glamour, and NBC News, among others, and is a certified yoga instructor.