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So I’m on day 12 of my supported headstand yoga challenge and I thought I’d write an update. Day 1 was a bit of a challenge in itself. I wasn’t very stable and had problems staying upright for very long. I wasn’t able to keep my feet together without falling over and was inverted for maybe 10 seconds.
It didn’t take me long to start to gain balance. On day 4 I felt a lot more solid and I was able to hold the position with my feet together. Now, on day 12 I feel like I can stay inverted for a much longer period of time and keep my feet together. This stability gives me the opportunity to focus on my breathing which isn’t easy when inverted. I’m confident that by day 30 I will have improved a great deal more.
So I was showing my friend who is a yoga instructor and she gave me a couple of tips which I don’t think I’m ready to implement. Quite honestly, I don’t think I have the strength in my shoulders or back at this point. She told me that I’ll eventually want to get in to the supported headstand pose by putting my arms and head down then walking my feet toward my body. Then, as my friend showed me, I’ll keep my legs straight and feet together as I lift. Right now I’m lifting one leg at a time and they’re bent. Still, I’m reaping the benefit of being inverted as well as gaining strength in my shoulders and core.
I’m more than 1/3 of the way through my challenge and still enjoying it.
I’ve been practicing yoga for about four weeks now. I’m not real good at it yet, nor am I that flexible but I’ve been able to accomplish a few things that my friend/yoga instructor has given me some praise for and it’s a great feeling. After watching a video that showed me how to do an advanced pose called “Dancer Pose”. It is a great pose for balance and I can really feel it in my thighs.
As you can see, my 5 year old also loves doing yoga with me. In fact, she has a kid’s yoga video that I put on for her that she loves doing. I have a long way to go with this pose but it only takes a couple of minutes per day to work on. In fact, looking at this picture I can already tell I am able to bend my leg up and lean forward a little more than I had last week when I had this picture taken.
Below is a video that will show you how to do this pose in 7 steps. It is really quite easy to get in to the pose as a beginner and you can work on perfecting it as time goes on.