When I think of February, the first thing that comes to mind is "Wow - I can't believe it's here already." But after that, I get excited because with a new month comes a new focus for my "Asana, Alignment & Anatomy" section! After hitting up a lot of my favorite poses in January, I decided that February (and all future months!) would be devoted to what YOU want. So that is why we are focusing on the HEAD for February. Over the last few months, I've gotten a number of questions about headstands: how to get over your fear of them, how to get into them, how to hold them, etc.
I'll be the first to tell you that I am FAR from an expert on headstands, but I do know all about overcoming fears of them. With a sensitive neck and a paralyzing fear of falling, I didn't even dare attempt a headstand until two years ago, when I had been practicing yoga for about six years. And then it took me a solid year or so of practicing them to be able to get into one away from the wall. Since then, my focus has been on gaining confidence with them, which is a never-ending journey. I have some days where I feel like a headstand champion and other days where I can't get my feet off the ground because I've gotten myself too worked up about it.
So this month, my goal is to share this journey with you in hopes of helping you safely explore this empowering family of poses. If you're new to yoga and/or headstands, I'll offer modifications and preparatory poses and exercises to build up the strength, flexibility, body memory, and courage needed for these inversions. If you're all about headstands and going upside down, I'll offer variations to mix up your practice and take your edge a little further.
Hope you enjoy!
I’m Anahita Reilly, a Type-A, native Northern Virginian, happiness lover. This blog evolved out of my longstanding desire to share this beautiful thing called yoga with others. Click here to read more...