Sanskrit: Salamba Sirsasana II

Going upside down can seem daunting. The tripod headstand is a great way to get acquainted with the perspective of being upside down. Even though this posture might not seem as advanced as previous tutorials, there are ways to make this more advanced. For example, you can transition from tripod headstand to a wide legged straddle or into crow pose and from there take it to chaturanga. Master the basics to advance your practice! See below for a step-by-step tutorial

Headstand Prep:

  1. Come into a table top position
  2. Spread your fingers out wide, hands shoulder distance apart
  3. Rest the crown of the head onto the mat
  4. Press hands down and pull the shoulders away from the ears
  5. Tuck toes under and walk the feet toward the hands until the knees come to the inside of the elbows
  6. Press the outsides of the knees into the elbows and the elbows back into the knees, squeezing the elbows in
  7. Hug the naval up and in
  8. Gently remove the knees from the insides of the elbows, straighten out the legs and don’t let the elbows splay out

Coming into tripod headstand:

  1. Keeping the elbows in, place the right knee on the back of the right tricep and then place the left knee on the back of the left tricep
  2. Continue to keep the belly engaged
  3. Press the hands into the mat and keep the gaze strong behind you
  4. Gently lift the knees off the the triceps and come into a tucked position
  5. Keeping your balance, lift both legs in the air as you squeeze the inner thighs toward each other
  6. You can come out of the shape as you entered OR for a more advanced exit, you can straddle out

View a full tutorial on our YouTube Channel along with past advanced postures!