Mukta Hasta Shirshasana A (Free Hand Headstand)

Mukta Hasta Shirshasana A

Mukta Hasta Shirshasana A (MuktaHasta Śīrṣāsana) = Free-Hand-Headstand

Dṛṣṭi: nāsāgre = to the nose

THESE ADVANCED POSTURES MUST ONLY BE ATTEMPTED UNDER GUIDANCE OF A QUALIFIED YOGA TEACHER

From kneeling.

Place the hands on the floor at shoulder distance apart.

Place the very top of the head on the floor, upper arm distance away from the hands.

Bend the elbows away from you (see picture).

Straighten the legs up and walk them towards the hands.

Lift one leg up at a time or both legs.

Whist lifting the legs on your inhale, push the hands into the ground and strengthen the arms.

The pressure should be spread through the arms and the upper back, not just directly on the head/neck.

Lengthen up through the whole body and pull the feet upwards.

Hold here for up to 10 breaths.

Exhale as you slowly bend at the hips and lower the feet to the ground.