Sassy Yoga Challenge Day 24: “Teddy Bear” Headstand (Sirsasana)
I’ve never heard anything referred to as “teddy bear headstand,” so this was new for me, haha. I assume it’s the same as tripod headstand, right?
The first six photos are a progression of how to get into tripod headstand, though I can’t make it all the way up yet.
1. Place your hands on the mat, with chaturanga arms (elbows bent to 90 degrees). Place the crown of your head down on the mat.
2. Lift your legs up and begin to walk them toward your hands so that your hips stack on top of your shoulders.
3. Step your knees up onto your triceps and kinda rest them there, but don’t let go of any engagement in your core. Press into your hands and up into your shoulders so you’re not resting all your weight on your head.
4. Bring your knees off your triceps and into the center of your body.
5. Here’s where you use your lower abs to lift your knees up and into the headstand, but I’m not there yet. You can begin to slowly lift one leg up.
6. All the way up! Then bring your other leg up to meet it. Like I said, I’m not there yet. No worries!
The last three photos are of supported headstand / forearm headstand / whatever.
1. Either cup or clasp your hands together, forearms on the mat, and stick the back of your head right up into your hands. Your hands should support your head. Make sure you’re on the crown of your head, like in tripod headstand too. Walk your legs up toward your head as your hips begin to stack right over your shoulders.
2. Lift one leg up and come to your tippy toes on the other. Either kick or float your other leg up to meet it.
3. Keep your core engaged, lift up through your shoulders and press down into your forearms/elbows to keep weight off your head. Bring your legs together. Ta-da!
BEING UPSIDE DOWN IS THE BEST, ISN’T IT?