How to do a Tripod Headstand

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They say that variety is the spice of life, so it’s no real surprise that people love the flavors delivered by yoga. These come from all the different poses that can be used, each of which comes with their own list of benefits. Everyone that practices you has their own particular favorite poses, usually chosen because of the specific benefits that it delivers to them. One of the more popular poses is known as the Tripod Headstand, and it became that way for a number of reasons. The first, as we have already stated is the health benefits that come with it, but it also helps that the Tripod Headstand is one of the easier inverted positions to get pull off.

If you have never before attempted to get into the Tripod Headstand position, you should know that it can be a little uncomfortable, even with your hands bearing some of the weight. If you don’t already have one, invest in a comfortable, padded exercise mat so that your head is not resting on a solid piece of hardwood or other flooring. It’s also a good idea to do the Tripod Headstand against the wall when first starting out. It takes a fair bit of balance to be able to hold the position comfortably, so having the wall there will allow you to place your feet there should you feel your balance becoming unsteady.

Getting into the Tripod Headstand position is fairly straightforward, but try to make sure that you are rested and relaxed before attempting the position. The first step you need to take when getting into the Tripod Headstand position is to place your hands and knees on the mat. You then have to lower the top of your head onto the mat, with the idea being that you should be able to see your hands. That means that your head should be positioned in a way that creates a triangle of sorts with your hands, which should be directly below the elbows.

Once you are comfortable with that position and feel as though you are perfectly stable, the next part of the Tripod Headstand pose is to start moving your legs and feet up. This is done by straightening your legs and then using a walking motion to move your feet as far up as is comfortable. Keeping your hands firmly on the mat, position your hips so that they are over your shoulders; this will put you very close to achieving the Tripod Headstand pose. 

The final move is to get your legs straight up in the air, but as this requires a great deal of balance, you may want to practice a little before attempting the final move. The best way to practice this part of the Tripod Headstand is to rest your knees on your triceps a few times. Being able to do that comfortably will help you maintain your balance when the time comes to finally extend your legs. It takes a little bit of work to master, but the benefits of the Tripod Headstand make it all worthwhile.

In This Together,

Coach Eric Hollingsworth
P90X, PiYo Certified Fitness Coach

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