Welcome to the very first Maven Yoga Vlog!
As we enter the season of celebrating holidays it is important to remember why we celebrate them in the first place.
Many of us seem to forget where the roots of these celebrations come from, which is religion, spirituality and the acknowledgment of a higher source or power.
For my very first Maven Yoga Pose I chose Sirsasana a.k.a. headstand.
To most people this looks like a rather advanced pose but the truth is that yogis of all levels, even the most beginners, can practice headstand-prep and still reap all of the benefits.
Sirasana is a sure way to stimulate the 7th Chakra, Sahashrara or the Crown Chakra. It is through this chakra that you connect to the higher source and merge into oneness with the universal life force.
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Headstand-prep is also a great way to invert our energy during this stagnant time of year and to look at life from a different perspective.
It may be scary at first, but once you allow yourself to literally turn life on its head you will notice the benefits in your daily life (for example: noticing that you are approaching those holiday stressors in a different, more positive way).
Before attempting this pose please warm up and stretch your hamstrings and shoulders.
Please do not attempt if you have hypertension, any neck/cervical pain or vertigo.
Bring the base of your palm to the middle of your eyebrows and lay your palm and fingers over your forehead, like you’re gripping a basketball.
Feel where the tip of your middle finger hits the crown of your head and push down a little to remember that spot. That is where the top of your head will be placed on the ground.
Kneeling, come onto your forearms and place your hands on opposite elbows. Keeping your elbows at that distance, bring your hands forward and clasp the fingers, leaving the hands cupped. (This should look like an even triangle with the points being each elbow and the hands)
Bring the back of the head into the cup of the hands and rest the crown (the place your middle finger touched) gently on the floor.
Engage the shoulder and back, pressing the forearms into the floor to reduce the pressure in the head.
Tuck the toes under, lift the hips and lengthen the legs.
Gently walk your feet toward the head, keeping the shoulders and upper back engaged and pressing the forearms into the mat to decrease the pressure in the head and the spine.
Give your body time to adjust to this inverted position. Breathe deeply in and out through your nose.
Do not go further than you feel comfortable.
If something does not feel right, come out of it slowly and sit back into child’s pose.
NEVER, EVER KICK INTO HEADSTAND. EVER.
Eventually when you build the shoulder and core strength your hips will come over your shoulders, with your back straight and core engaged so that there is no pressure on the neck or spine.
From there you can play with bringing one knee into the chest, back down and then the other.
To exit, slowly lower your knees and come into child’s pose with your arms along your sides. Rest here for 8 breaths.
I’d love some feedback on your experience with headstand prep.
Did you give it a try? Did something surprise you? Have questions?
With Crown Chakra Love,
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