Tripod Headstand is a fun inversion that works on your balance and core. We don’t recommend that you hold this position for an extended period of time, anywhere between 5 – 10 breaths would be perfect. Here is a step by step process on how to successfully do a Tripod Headstand. Once you find the strength and stability for this pose, it will build a calm and steady mind.
Start off on all fours, with your shoulders over your wrists and your hips over the knees.
Then interlace your fingers and drop down to your elbows, in place of where your hands were.
Now, place your head where your clasped hands are and then place your hands on the points where the elbows are. Make sure the head is far enough forward so that your elbows are bent at a 90 degree angle. This is the foundation of your headstand with 3 points of contact to the floor.
Now that you have the foundation for your headstand, you are ready to invert upside down!
Easy entry version:
Inhale and straighten the legs while keeping the hips up. Walk the feet as close as you can until your hips are nicely stacked directly over your shoulders. Remember to draw the elbows inward in the same line as your shoulders.
You can enter by bringing one knee at a time to the armpits and pointing the toes up towards the sky.
Find your balance here, if you feel this is difficult, stay here and breathe between 5 – 10 breaths.
If you feel you are stable, then you can slowly straighten the legs up while engaging the core, tucking the tailbone and bringing the ribs inward.
Point the toes once you have found your balance and stay in the full posture between 5 – 10 breaths.
Come down to Child’s Pose and stay for 5 breaths.
If you find that the easy entry is too easy, then you are ready to try to float into the full posture!
Starting from the foundation, inhale and straighten the legs while keeping the hips up. Remember to draw the elbows inward in the same line as your shoulders.
Inhale and walk the feet as close as you can until your hips are comfortably stacked directly over the shoulders. Keep the feet together, straighten the legs, Inhale, send the hips forward, engage the core and shoulders.
A natural lift will occur and allow it to happen. Once you find the feet lifting from the ground, continue with the same inhalation until the legs are parallel to the floor.
Keep the core engaged, tuck the tailbone in, draw the ribs inward, activate the pelvic floor and point the toes.
Continue to lift the legs up using the strength of the core and straighten the legs up towards the sky. Stay here for 5 breaths, exhale and slowly bring the legs down and come into Child’s Pose.
How did it go? Don’t worry if your first time wasn’t as easy as you thought it would be. Try it against a wall if you are too nervous or scared to do it in the middle of the room. Just keep practicing and you will for sure see improvement with a regular practice. We hope these steps are helpful for you! Enjoy and Happy practicing! <3