Sirsasana or Headstand is said to be the father of all poses and Shoulderstand is said to be the mother. .  So the idea is, the father and mother complete a household and a completed practice includes both headstand and shoulderstand.

There are a mouthful of benefits to practicing headstand, everything from stronger abs and legs to relieving the common cold.

While it has some strong benefits it also has some serious cautions. Those with high blood pressure, glaucoma, vertigo, or neck problems should not practice headstand. If you are menstruating, wait until you are not.  If you have low blood pressure, take it slow, or it can cause fainting.

And while it has more benefits than not, one thing is for sure, it is a difficult pose for many.

I have been teaching headstand for years and I don’t meet a lot of people that kick up the first time. The ones who do are usually young and strong or an ex-gymnast or dancer.

Most people find it scary and aren’t used to being upside down.  With the help of the wall and time, you will kick-up, but I don’t think it is a necessary pose to have a completed yoga practice

Your yoga practice is up to you.  It is your way, not my way, or your teachers way, it’s YOUR WAY.

So if you like headstand, I think you should absolutely practice it.

If you don’t like it or cannot do it and would rather leave it out, you should.

Love Shauna