Building Sirsasana Step Two

If you haven’t already seen my previous posts about Sirsasana I recommend you to have a look so you more easily understand this preparation. We have already talked about risks and what tends to go wrong and also how to build up for Sirsasana/Headstand. As I mention in the previous post when we turn the body upside down we tend to lose our orientation and perception of our body and that is where the use of props comes in and helps us to understand in which direction we should move.

In this version of preparing for Sirsasana/Headstand the crown of the head is now on the floor and we keep working on the same actions as in the previous preparation.

As you see I have one block standing up on the highest level and the wide side facing me. One block is laying flat and the other one I have turned up, in a T shape. The block that is standing up can be moved closer or further away from the wall, depending on your body shape. If you move the block closer to the wall your upper back will faster touch the block when you lift your hips up and walk toward the block. I use now foam blocks that are a little softer as the blocks will come closer to my neck and it is then more comfortable. But you can use any blocks you have. 

Sit on your knees facing the blocks. Hold around the block with your hands and place your forearms down on your mat, elbows shoulder-width apart. Chop your forearms down and hold the block firmly but without tensing your hands. Place the back of your head against the block and the crown of your head on the floor. Tuck your toes under and start to walk your feet closer until your upper back touches the wall. Keep your shoulder heads lifted and stick your shoulder blades into your body. Keep your forearms steady and without moving your elbows firm through the upper arms and widen across your chest. Keep a slight cobra action into your upper to move away from rounding the upper back, stay high on your toes, keep your thigh muscles lifting, and keep lifting the hips up to create height in the body. Stay here and breathe…

Remember to stay in Balasana/Childspose for a few breaths after you exit the pose and before you sit up.

Good Luck!