After last week’s Dreaded Pose post, I knew I wanted to follow-up this week with my Choice Pose; that pose I always love to come into at some point during my practice. After much contemplation, I considered so many wonderful poses. I suppose for those who love yoga it can be hard to even have one favored pose. Yet, it came to me last night while attending a yoga class with one of my most inspirational teachers, Cat. Without a doubt, my choice pose is Headstand (Sirsasana in sanskirt).
Simply put, I truly love to be upside down. I love the challenge this pose provides and the calm that comes to me during it. Ideally, headstand comes at the end of my practice, allowing me to close my eyes and just be.
While intimidating at first, I believe if you are able to surrender to the pose, the sensation is actually quite addicting. Headstand, like any inversion, reverses your orientation and circulation pushing everything towards your head versus your feet as is typical. It is said inverted postures can improve health, reduce stress, and increase concentration; three attributes I can always use more of. On a personal level once I was able to come into headstand on my own, my self-confidence increased and noticeably brought me deeper into my practice as I was encouraged to try additional inversions and become creative with the posture.
When beginning headstand it is often beneficial to have an experienced teacher present to guide your form, given that this pose is typically part of an intermediate to more advanced practice. As a word of caution, anyone who has a back injury, heart condition, low/high blood pressure, or severe headache should consult with their doctor or an experienced yoga teacher before attempting this pose for the first time.
If you are looking for ideas and suggestions for poses and stretches that can help you come into your “choice pose” more easily, please let me know.
~The divine in me salutes the divine in you, Namaste~