The king of all yoga poses is (Shirshasana), aka the Headstand. It's not an easy pose but a fun one and there are reasons why you should practice it everyday. Why ? Because headstand is a natural "FACE LIFT" . By reversing the flow of gravity, a headstand lets your skin hang in the opposite direction. The inverted position of a headstand also flushes fresh nutrients and oxygen to the face, creating a glowing effect on the skin. It increase nutrients and blood flow to the scalp. Some yogis say that it will even convert grey hair back to its natural color!
- Begin with your hands and knees on the mat. Lower the top of your head to the floor so it's in front of your hands. You'll know your head is in the right position because your elbows will be directly over your wrists and you'll be able to see your hands.
- Once stable, straighten both legs in front of you; then straighten your arms so they're parallel with your legs. Your hands should be shoulder-width distance apart with your palms facing up. Spread your fingers as wide as you can to provide more stability.
- Step your feet onto your hands.
- Shift your hips over your shoulders and actively press the backs of your hands firmly into the mat. Use your hands and your core muscle, your abs to lift both legs up into the air. If you can't lift your legs up, then gently kick one leg up at a time, coming into Hands Free Headstand. Keep your legs together and point through the balls of your feet.
Text by Jessica Margolis