Step 5: Setting up your base

Setting up your base

Get on all fours and place the top your head on the mat (don't forget step 2). Place your hands flat on the floor, fingertips pointing toward your face, shoulder width apart, a few inches in front of your face. Make sure your elbows are at right angles and in tight, not bowed out.
This is exactly how I do headstands as well.<br /> <br /> If you've never done this before, here's what I'd recommend in addition:<br /> <br /> <strong>Get a friend to spot you</strong> - Your idea of how straight you are is probably wrong at first. Being afraid to fall over backwards is common and keeps many people from being even close to being straight.<br /> <br /> <strong>Be OK with falling over</strong>&nbsp;- Practice going too far and falling over. It's good to have a plan for this to cut down on the fear. If you can do a bridge, drop into a bridge. If you can go into a roll, do that. If neither, plop some cushions down to crash into. And then work on your bridge.<br /> <br /> <strong>It will hurt less as you do it more</strong> - The top of your head will likely hurt at first. That will go away. Over a few sessions I went from needing a wool cap to being able to headstand on plywood w/o a problem.<br /> <br /> <b>Stand up straight</b> - Stand with your back against a wall to find good alignment. Remember this when you're upside down and visualize pushing your feet down onto the &quot;ground&quot; instead of up in the air.
Yes! These are totally right on - especially being OK with falling over, cutting out the fear factor is key to improving your practice.
i am always practicing these and i can tell you that i always skip the shirt tucking step! <br />
Great instruction! I've always wanted to do this but I've had no success. I think I'll have to try again. :D

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