Many people find that the Sirsasana posture helps relieve stress. As you focus your mind and body, controlling your breathing to be able to maintain this pose, you’ll be setting your daily cares aside. The increased blood supply to your brain can help clear your mind so you see things with increased clarity.
If you want to learn to headstand, working with a really experienced yoga teacher like Shaz (pictured above) is the safest and best approach. A good teacher knows when you have enough core and upper body strength to maintain the pose, will teach you safe progressions to help you gain sufficient strength, and can help you find alternative techniques, if necessary.
You may expect the arms to take a lot of the strain and pressure in this pose but experienced yoga practitioners load the head and neck with roughly 40-48% of their body weight when performing a headstand.
It helps to think of the pose as three distinct movement phases. The neck or cervical vertebrae is at its most vulnerable while you lift your legs into the posture. Technique is extremely important at this point: the safest way to master this balancing act is to use your core muscles to lift both legs in a slow and controlled manner. When exiting the posture, take care to use the same type of slow and controlled movement.
You’ll certainly feel a great sense of achievement when you can stay stable and secure in this pose and you will certainly see the world from a different angle!
Sirsasana isn’t the type of posture we recommend doing at home, unless you are already adept at it. Quite apart from the potential strain on the body, spare a thought for your ornaments and furniture! If you live in the Cheadle area and want to learn yoga with us, why not visit our studio? Check out our full timetable here.
As we always say, please consult your health care professional before starting any new type of exercise.
This strong posture will help you feel grounded and powerful. Feel the stretch from the tips of the fingers to the edge of your foot and see why this is such a popular choice in our classes.
You’ll find your length and alignment in this pose is enhanced by the hot yoga studio heat and by using the mirrors to check and refine your posture. Our talented teacher will remind you to push your weight evenly through your feet as you actively stretch and reach.
Done correctly, this pose has so many benefits: stabilising your shoulders and pelvis; mobilising and opening your hips; helping build strength and flexibility in your legs; and engaging those precious core muscles that will protect your spine.
This posture reminds us to rise up with strength and steadiness to challenge our physical limitations and turn them into personal achievements.
Want to challenge yourself more? A good teacher can adapt this pose to challenge even the strongest yoga warrior. The teacher’s talent lies in assessing the level of challenge needed, taking their students further than they thought possible, but at the right pace.
Want less challenge? That’s easy – we can suggest lots of progressions to help you start your yoga journey, but before you know it, with regular practice and expert help you will be well on your way to being the strongest warrior you can be.
If you’d like to learn more about hot yoga, use the tag cloud to browse through our earlier posts, or better still, come and join us.
Please consult your doctor before making changes to your lifestyle such as going on a diet or embarking on an exercise programme.
We all have days that challenge us. Our favourite pose to cope with those types of days is the warrior pose. This fantastic pose helps to remind us we have an inner strength that can carry us through our days and our challenges.
Some days our warrior might not be as deep and as powerful as others but it’s still there inside, waiting for us to call on. As we breathe into the pose and deepen the bend in our knees we can challenge our warrior to emerge and to keep us grounded and strong. As our eye gaze focuses on those outstretched arms and fingers, and we consciously extend to stretch our arms as far as they can go, we let the tensions and pressures of our day recede. We focus our efforts in being in the here and now, being present with our practise.
At the end of our class as we celebrate making and taking the time to invest in our health and fitness, that inner strong warrior smiles.
Come and join us to find your strong warrior!
What an amazing balance this is! It might seem challenging if you’re new to yoga, but one of our roles is to show you how to adapt poses to suit your body, mood and experience level.
Once you’ve totally grounded your standing leg and fixed your eye gaze (drishti) in tree pose, you can experiment with style. Toes on the floor might be best for you, or you might be feeling extremely stable and ready to progress to placing your foot below your knee. Had an ace day and feeling steady as a rock? Brace your foot against your upper inner thigh as I’m doing, then breathe into Tree Pose.
Some days this pose just feels so right: weight perfectly balanced over a stable base, evenly spread through both feet; hand resting wherever it lands. As the heat of the studio allows your muscles to relax you might find yourself able to move your hand further down.
Wanting more of a challenge? Allow your eye gaze to look up towards your hand and check your posture. Think, “Am I leaning forward? Do I need to straighten up more and imagine that my back is against a wall? Can I extend my arm and stretch my fingertips higher towards the ceiling?”.
Then just enjoy the moment, celebrate your journey and most of all breathe!