Out of all the asanas that I love, any variation of forearm headstands (Pincha Mayurasana) are my all time favorite. The rush of energy is what keeps me hooked. It's very similar to the runners high. So this week's pose is to honor positive energy. Sometimes you need to go upside down so you can see things more clear when you come back up.
Benefits of Forearm Headstand
This pose definitely improves decision-making. It brings fresh oxygenated blood into the brain. It relieves tension and fatigue. Forearm headstands also strengthens your balance-learning to shift the weight in line with your hips. It's also working your legs, shoulders and arms. Super good for you!
Forearm Headstand Step-by-Step
- Starting from all fours, have your arms interlaced, hands grabbing your elbows and place your elbows on the floor. This keeps your upper body in alignment with your shoulders to prevent any injuries.
- Interlace your fingers and put the very top of your head to the ground so that your hands would cradle your head.
- Lift your hips up and walk your feet as close to your elbows as you can.
- Now focusing on engaging your core and pressing your shoulder blades on your back, lift one leg up, pressing out through your heels, then the other.
- Play around with your legs, slowly.
- Stay here for 5 breaths. Then release and go into child's pose to bring space back into the spine.
The key is to engage your core. You should feel light when you practice this pose. Also, always remember to keep your shoulders away from your ears. So no shrugging!
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to comment below. I'll be super delighted to help!
Until next week,have fun!