September 9, 2014

#EverybodyYoga Day #9 - Tripod Headstand

 Day Nine of the
#EveryBodyYoga Challenge
Tripod Headstand - EveryBodyYoga Challenge

I realize there are several of you a little intimidated by today's pose...  Inversions aren't for every body, I get that. That's totally fine - work within your abilities and trust your instincts, just do a "wildcard" pose today if you want to participate in the challenge but aren't feeling an inversion.

With that said, I take my pictures the day before the posting day for this challenge, it's just easier that way most of the time... Yesterday I wanted to take my picture for today at the beach. It was cloudy but not raining when we ventured out of the house and I was super excited to rock out some inversions on the beach. We went to my favorite spot and it started drizzling. "No big deal - I still can do a headstand", I thought to myself. Hubs and I grabbed my yoga mat and walked through the drizzle that ended up turning into a steady rain toward the beach with the camera wrapped in a plastic baggy. I attempted to get into my headstand, which I do daily. I couldn't seem to get it. I kept trying over and over again but I just couldn't seem to bring my second leg up. I was reminding myself to  breath deeply, I was trying to convince myself "I can do this", I was maybe even being a little forceful with myself...
 Tripod Headstand - EveryBodyYoga Challenge

And that's when I decided I was going to be real about today's pose. It's not always easy... it's a challenge for those of us that aren't fitness buffs or super experienced yogis. Some days I can easily lift up into this pose and other days my body is just simply not in the mood. The good news is that there are a few ways to make this pose a little more attainable for everybody: I suggest using a wall to find your balance, I actually started doing headstands in the corner of my extra bedroom. If you feel woozy or light headed when coming up, you need to stay in child's pose for a little - it helps. DON'T kick up into a headstand, gently lift yourself - it's easier on your neck and the rest of your body. I also suggest attempting this pose for the first time with a yoga instructor to guide you... but I started popping up into headstands when I felt my body was "ready" for inversions without the assistance of anyone, other than an instructor on youtube. Practice at your own discretion.

Tripod Headstand - EveryBodyYoga Challenge

Anyways, after feeling totally defeated at the beach... I came home and ended up easily lifting my feet into a headstand in our yard. To my surprise, I was pretty stable the entire time... Although I do have to credit the fence for helping me find comfort in my balance. 

I'd love to give you a step by step guide on how to get into Tripod Headstand but there isn't really much more to it than following The Guide to Getting into Tripod Balance that I posted yesterday; other than engaging all your muscles while lifting your legs towards the sky.

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