Salamba Sirsasana (Sah-LOM-bah Shear-SHAHS-anna)
Sirsa = Head Asana = Pose
Our teacher, Mimi Stroud, shows us Salamba Sirsasana, supported headstand. Mimi Stroud's passion for movement brought her to our studio 4 years ago. She had always been an athlete from competitive swimming throughout her school years to snowboarding, surfing, and competitive power lifting, but after the birth of her second child her health and weight limited her activity. She thought yoga would make her get strong post-partum and it did! After that first class, a spark was ignited and yoga has since been a part of her daily life.
From tabletop, interlace your fingers and place the forearms on the floor, elbows are shoulder distance apart. Set the crown of your head on the floor, bring the back of your head against the hands. On an inhale lift your knees and walk feet towards elbows. Exhale and lift your feet away from the floor. Practice lifting both feet up at a time. Squeeze navel to spine and lengthen the tailbone upward toward the heels as you strongly press the heels toward the ceiling (straightening the knees if you bent them to come up). The arches should stack over the pelvis, which in turn should align over the crown of the head. Beginners can stay for 10 seconds. As you build strength and awareness you can add time so that you can comfortably hold the pose longer. Come down with an exhalation, with both feet touching the floor at the same time.