How to Headstand: Hard Yoga Poses Made Easy

Learn how to be effortlessly upside down.

In the ‘Hard Yoga Poses Made Easy’ series, we focus on a particular yoga pose or skill that seems (or is) very difficult and we make it a lot easier by breaking it down into actionable, realistic, and sequential steps.

In this tutorial, headstand is broken down into 5 simple steps with an introduction that establishes the most important aspect of the pose: the foundation.

Without a strong understanding of the proper alignment of the headstand foundation, you’re essentially putting all of your body weight on your neck (very bad) and risk crashing out of the pose.

With the foundation established, we move into a carefully planned, step-by-step sequence of poses leading up to the full pose, which is the 5th and final step.

Here are the steps that will be covered, in order:

  1. Align: Stay low to the ground and apply the fundamental principles of the headstand foundation
  2. Lift: Use your understanding of the headstand foundation to bear weight in the arms (and not the neck) in a familiar shape.
  3. Wall: Next, we go upside-down for the first time, but in a low-to-the-ground little package with the support of the wall, if needed.
  4. Extend: Still at the wall, we take our low-to-the-ground package and extend the legs to the ceiling, creating the classic headstand shape, with the wall there, just in case.
  5. Full Pose: With technique and practice established, we’re ready to take headstand to the middle of the room. No walls this time, because we don’t need them. Our foundation and body awareness is all that’s necessary.

There are so many headstand tutorials out there that teach the pose in a risky way. I put this step-by-step guide together to provide better information than what’s currently available.

There’s no need to fear headstand if you have the proper training. So, watch the video, ask any questions you have, and fear no more.

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About the Author:

Joe is the Founder of Icewater Yoga. Fascinated by the intersection of yoga and sport, his goal is to help athletes develop a consistent yoga practice. He lives in Claremont, CA with his wife, Jill.