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How to Do the Headstand Pose

Watch more How to Do Yoga Poses videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to do the headstand pose correctly with these instructions. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Warning Do not attempt this pose if you have high blood pressure, are pregnant, have glaucoma or similar eye problems, or have a neck injury. Tip Warm up your neck and shoulders by doing other yoga poses first, like the Cat Cow, Cobra, and Bridge poses. Step 1: Get on hands & knees Begin on your hands and knees. Tip To help stabilize yourself, face a wall with your hands about 6 inches away from it. Step 2: Lower forearms Lower your forearms onto the floor in front of you with your elbows shoulder distance apart. Step 3: Interlock fingers Interlock your fingers so that your forearms form a triangle. Step 4: Plant crown on mat Plant the crown of your head on the mat with your palms cupped around the back of your head. Step 5: Straighten legs & raise hips Straighten your legs, raising your hips up so your body forms an inverted V. Step 6: Walk feet toward body Walk your feet toward your body, straightening your back and keeping your weight on your elbows. Step 7: Lift up feet Slowly bend your knees and lift—try not to kick or jump—your feet straight up off the mat. Tip You should be able to hold this pose comfortably for about 30 seconds before attempting do the full Headstand Pose. Step 8: Align body Lift your legs straight up so your entire body forms a straight line and there is perfect alignment between your hips, torso, neck, head and shoulders. Step 9: Press against mat Press against the mat with your forearms to protect your neck, which should not be bearing your body weight. Step 10: Hold pose Hold the pose for several relaxed breaths. Tip As you become more comfortable with this pose, extend its duration to a few minutes. Step 11: Release pose Release the pose before you become too tired, slowly coming down the way you came up. Did You Know? An Austrian yoga devotee recently performed a headstand for 15 minutes straight—on the roof of a moving car.
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