How do you properly do a shoulder stand in yoga?

Question by DD: How do you properly do a shoulder stand in yoga?
I am taking a beginner’s yoga class at my college and I am finding it nearly impossible to get myself into a shoulder stand. I’ve been trying to practice at home to no avail. I’m a little more out of shape than I initially thought, because apparently I’m completely lacking core and upper body strength. Any suggestions to help me get into a shoulder stand without killing myself?

Best answer:

Answer by Dinah
try some padding such as a blanket under your neck; do it against a wall first; support with your arms as shown in the picture
http://www.michael4reiki.com/images/shoulder_stand.jpg

I am assuming you do not mean the inverted peacock pose.
That one is tough.
http://ssmirnov.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/peacock.jpg

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One Response to “How do you properly do a shoulder stand in yoga?”

  1. Dances with Buddha December 6, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Hopefully, the instructor of your class can give help you with tips on how to practice Shoulder Stand.
    In addition to that, perhaps the instruction guidelines at yogajournal will help:
    http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/480

    Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar) are a great way to develop asana-applicable core and upper body strength.

    Traditional Sun Salutations do include Chaturanga Dandasana (Four limbed staff pose, also sometimes referred to as a yoga push-up), a pose many find bit challenging.
    There are ways to modify Chaturanga to make it a bit easier until you develop the necessary strength to practice it with ease.
    Again, perhaps your instructor can offer you some tips.

    Namaste’,
    dwb