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Headstand or Shoulderstand?

posted Oct 13, 2011 14:45:14 by ChereeWinston
In my practice and teaching, I've found that usually someone prefers headstand or shoulderstand... Rarely does one like both equally. I'm such a headstand person! I love the stability it gives me and how light it feels. Shoulderstand and I have a complicated relationship--we're just starting to play nicely with each other after about 8 years of trying. Thank goodness!
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sunanda said Oct 13, 2011 15:35:23
Desikachar recommends Shoulder-stand as a counter pose to Headstand to relieve any excessive pressure on the neck.
I like both. Headstand for that wonderful cranial release when you come out of it, and shoulder-stand because I've been doing it for so long, plus what it does for your thyroid, and I love the nira-lamba variation because it still challenges me.
Rose said Oct 13, 2011 15:42:21
Headstand is the king of asana and shoulder stand, the queen.

When I started to practice I preferred shoulder stand because I could actually do it, as opposed to headstand which I was mortally frightened of.

Now that I can go into headstand I am finding that shoulder stand isn't the free ride I once thought is was.
nicole said Oct 16, 2011 17:10:56
I'm definitely a head stand gal. I think for a lot of people getting into head stand is hard because they are scared of falling over. In my case I have a very flexible back so I wasn't scared of flipping over. For me the challenge has been in not letting my back arch too much. Apparently I'm also lopsided in it--I think one of my hips has it's own agenda! Nonetheless I feel very stable and centered in headstand and I like holding it for a long time. I used to take Sivananda classes where we would hold it for 3 - 5 minutes.

Shoulder-stand on the other hand has always been difficult to me. It always seems to get into my neck no matter how many modifications I make or how hard I try to press my shoulders down. It's also a poae where I feel my torso shortening, though I'm trying with all my might to lengthen it. I'm sure I can improve but so far its not one of the poses I get excited about doing.
Rose said Oct 18, 2011 13:08:09
Hi Nicole!!!!!!!
waylajoy said Nov 02, 2011 22:55:27
I have a similar experience to what Rose said above. Shoulderstand was initially much easier for me, and I have only recently started to feel at all comfortable with headstand. However, as my sensitivity develops, I am noticing more opportunities for improvement and refinement in my shoulderstand as well.
MikeWinkler said Nov 04, 2011 15:19:39
I just like Inversions. All of them I think. although I am better at some than others. Head, hand, shoulder even the forearm one that is so hard
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