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risky/dangerous yoga poses?

Timnatlanta2010-07-04 14:12:17 +0000 #1
I recently attended an Anusara yoga class lead by an advanced teacher who emphasized being "playful" in postures. I was probably the only person who wasn't a teacher in the class. When the teacher instructed everyone to do a headstand on their forehead I was dismayed to see the rest of the class going into this headstand position. This instruction seemed more risky than playful to me and I just passed on the experience. Is headstand on your forehead a valid headstand position?

Also, the "apex pose" for the class was going into a headstand with feet piked onto the floor and then spinning around into Vaparita Dandasana and then around again to a piked position. This also seemed dangerous to me.

Input appreciated.

Tim
A Better Me2010-07-04 14:17:29 +0000 #2
Tim,

Was it known that this was an advanced class? Was your teacher aware that you were perhaps not at the same level as the other students/teachers?

In the last 6 months of practicing Anusara Yoga I have yet to meet a teacher who doesn't provide modifications . Also they are always advised when newer students are in class so that particular attention can be paid to some postures.

We do headstand in class using 2 blocks in an inverted L position against the wall. We put our head onto the ground, fashion a type of down dog position with the body and then kick up with the block at the back of our neck (does this make sense?). Anyways for someone who is very fearful of inversions, I found this support amazing. Also from a newbies perspective I don't find much weight being put on your head at all, as 99% of the weight is on my forearms.

Perhaps one of the more experienced members may be able to shed more light and expertise onto the concept of headstand.

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