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Summer Shape Up Challenge: Headstand

Performed by Taylor Nelms

Headstand – Start by moving into table top position. Plant your elbows, forearms and head on the mat. Your elbows should be under your shoulders and your fingers should be interlocked, but keep your palms apart. The back of your head should be against the inner palms. Move your legs up the mat to move into the half-way position. Your body should be in a straight line from the head to the hips. Begin to put the weight of your body on your arms and wrists, carefully avoiding putting strain on your neck and back. Use your thighs, hips and abdomen to kick your legs up and hold the stand. Benefits: This pose may be difficult, but it’s worth it. It builds core muscles and strengthens the shoulders and arms all while increasing focus and decreasing stress. Tips: Your breathing patterns are going to be a key element to success in this pose. Focus on breathing naturally and take deep, calm breathes to keep your body steady and composed.