Half Supported Headstand

Definition - What does Half Supported Headstand mean?

Half supported headstand is a beginner and supported inversion posture, and it is a variation of headstand. To perform half supported headstand, the yogi positions their body leg-distance from the wall, while on a mat, and places the forearms on the floor, with the elbows directly below the shoulders and the fingers intertwined. The yogi places the crown of the head in their hands, engages the abdomen, lengthens the legs and walks the feet up the wall until the legs are at ninety degrees. To release, the yogi walks the legs back down the wall, comes back into a kneeling position, opens the hands and rests in child's pose or balasana.

In Sanskrit half supported headstand is known as Ardha Salamba Sirsasana.

Yogapedia explains Half Supported Headstand

Supported postures are good for beginner yogis or those who need support due to physical restrictions or injury. In half supported headstand, the yogi uses a wall to support the legs as they build strength and balance in the arms, shoulders and abdomen and flexibility in the hips and hamstrings.

Inversions require strength and steadiness of mind; using the support of a wall for the legs allows the yogi to experience the inversion without fear of falling while building strength and learning how to feel comfortable being upside down. Inversions also build confidence and offer a different perspective to yogis.

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