The Original Challenge

Original Yoga Challenge Day 21: How to Do a Yoga Headstand

The moment all of you have been waiting for! We’re finally doing headstand!

… or, at least some of you have been waiting for, haha πŸ˜‰ I know that this sounds a little intimidating, but I promise it doesn’t have to be.

The best advice I can give you about doing a headstand is to relax. Release the pressure on yourself to get this right away and allow the learning process to take its course. Some of you may get this on the first try, and for others it may take more time. There’s no single “right” way to experience the journey to an inversion like this, so patience is your biggest ally here.

Another tip: DO NOT FEAR THE WALL! Seriously, if you’re inexperienced or especially if this is your first try doing a headstand, GO TO A WALL! The wall is your friend. Your support. And it will help πŸ™‚

Over to you! TELL ME EVERYTHING! How’d it go?!

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    October 21, 2016 at 8:35 am

    A good attempt will keep trying

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    Sarah O

    October 21, 2016 at 11:00 am

    omg i can’t wait to get to this day, I’m a little behind -day 13 today- but i’ve been working on headstand! excited to see what i can learn from your instruction!

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    Melanie Gibson

    October 21, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    I was pretty sure I shouldn’t try this as I have a curve in my cervical vertebrae that makes my neck and left shoulder ache a lot and also makes them be a lot weaker and more prone to injury, but I did everything except actually lift my legs up into the air. It just felt good to have my head upside down and not be afraid I might be going too far. It’s been neat to find out what my body can do and can’t do, and what I can work on and what I might not be able to change because of my anatomy.

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    October 21, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    I did it! OMGOSH!! Thank you so much! I was against a wall for safety but was able to balance a bit on my own. I will probably be doing this all night. Super fun!

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    October 21, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    Erin, I don’t know what kind of superpower you got!
    I’m 29 and I never dared to do headstands, handstands, even when I was a child. The only inversion I’ve ever been able to do was shoulderpress… thanks to you, I actually tried a headstand for the first time tonight and I nailed it!! I don’t even realize I’m not afraid anymore πŸ™‚
    Thank you, I didn’t care about making it, I just wanted to face that fear… and I did both!

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    October 21, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Eh boy, if you were to compare my headstand to yours, I think you’d laugh lol it went ok being against the wall, I usually have my body on the other side of the wall in attempts to do shoulder push ups, so in this position it took a good number of attempts. Being 5’11 and weighing 165, its hard to get up there but its all worth it in the end, thank you Erin..

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    Andy V

    October 22, 2016 at 5:43 am

    Loved it! I’d only just managed a (free) headstand a few days ago and then we got to it on the challenge, so I was really looking forward to it. You have a great teaching style. I’m converted to inverted πŸ™‚

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    October 22, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    This was my first attempt at headstand, and I was little nervous at first, but your instruction got me there. I needed the wall for support but held it on my own for a minute. If I can do this, I’m convinced I can get crow. Woo!

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    January 19, 2017 at 4:56 am

    Any tips on what to do if you’re not flexible enough to get your legs up and certainly not flexible enough to get them anywhere near your torso (as in the second option)? I can never get my feet on the ground in down-dog (after years of admittedly sporadic practice, now a bit more regular). I can’t touch the ground with straight legs in a forward bend. I’d like to do a headstand, but I can’t get anywhere near my body with my legs. Help?

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