Why don't I incorporate Headstands in our Online Classes or Pose Guide?
To be honest, until recently I rarely practised Headstands in my own practise. Even now I only do it if I am really really feeling it!
There are a number of reasons why I don't teach/discuss Headstands (and other inversions) in our Members Area, Instagram and YouTube.
I am not in the same room as you when you are practising and therefore cannot firefight any alignment issues. This isn't a problem when we are practising other poses such as W2 or Low Lunge as poor alignment in these poses isn't the end of the world (take with a pinch of salt). However if you launch into headstands without supervision, I would be concerned for your safety. There are lots of health considerations associated with inversions, such blood pressure, eye health, posture etc.
Poor posture + Headstands = Even poorer posture. If you're someone who tends to stick their head out creating a hump at the base of the neck, practising headstands is more than likely going to make this even worse. Work on your posture first and leave your ego at the door.
I want my students to get away from 'advanced poses' being the GOAL. We live in such a 'success = hard' world, so it is understandable that we think if we can headstand it means we're 'good' at Yoga. I have found that some of my students don't honour the foundation poses, breathing and working inwards before skipping ahead. For me, these areas are the 'main goal' of Yoga
HOWEVER, I do incorporate Tripod Headstand into our Members classes and Pose Guides, as the hand position in this pose is a lot more stable. Don't hesitate to drop me a message if you want me to take a look at yours.
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