I have received a special request for our last week’s class theme before our summer break… headstand practice! So this week we will be working on Salamba Sirsasana (supported headstand).
The key to getting into these more advanced postures is mind – body – unity.
“The mind is the king of the senses, but the breath is the king of the mind” — Pradipika
Using the breath, we can calm the mind and not let fear overcome us. Slow exhales are crucial!
Overcoming fear in this posture is great for building confidence, strength and balance. This posture also requires great concentration and body alignment, which are essential in our more difficult asanas, like Salamba Sirsasana (Supported Headstand).
In Sanskrit, Salamba means supported and Sirsa means head, and asana means pose/posture. This asana is often called the king of all asanas. You can think of it as Tadasana (Mountain Pose), but upside-down.
The Crown Charka (Sahasrara) is activated in this posture through its direct connection to the earth. It is not often that we get this opportunity in Yoga, so let go of fear and enjoy 🙂