Inverted yoga poses such as Headstand teach us to breathe and remain level-headed when things get topsy-turvy. Our daring version of Headstand, called Sky Walker, was inspired by the luminous Samuel Hall Currelly Gallery at the Royal Ontario Museum.
Please note: This is a pose for seasoned practitioners and those with strong and healthy spines. If you are new to inverted yoga poses, please work with a certified yoga teacher to safely build your Headstand from the ground up.
1.Interlace your fingers and place your elbows shoulder distance apart on your mat.
6.Float your legs into Headstand. Please, please, please resist the urge to jump into the pose.
8.Return to the earth and settle into Child’s Pose.
Use Your Head
Headstands are challenging for many reasons and they are not for everyone. Even with perfect alignment, the cervical spine will bear some weight and so Headstand is should not be done by those with neck injuries, degenerative disc disease and other conditions involving the spine. The pose should also be avoided by those with high blood pressure, heart conditions, glaucoma and vertigo. Skip Headstand if you are pregnant or are menstruating. Try Wheels Up Pose instead.
YuMee Chung is a recovering lawyer who teaches yoga in Toronto. She is on the faculty of a number of yoga teacher training programs and leads local and international yoga retreats. Learn more about her at padmani.com