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Yoga with Susan Genis
Tripod Headstand

Tripod headstand from prasarita padotanasana (wide-leg standing forward bend).

Try the step-by-step approach to moving into tripod headstand from prasarita padotanasana (standing wide-leg forward bend) shown in the photos below. As you begin, practice near a wall or have a friend stand behind you to assist. Remember to engage your core and build the pose using these Universal Principles of Alignment™:

1. Set your foundation and open to grace - plant all four corners of feet firmly and open to spaciousness inside.
2. Muscular energy - engage the muscles and hug them into the bones, creating strength and stability.
3. Inner Spiral - rotate the thighs inward and move them back and apart to widen the sitting bones.*
4. Outer Spiral - lengthen the tailbone and rotate the legs outward to return the legs to neutral.*
5. Organic energy - extend outward from core through all bones to find full expression of the pose.

*For arms, lengthen the sides of the body from hips to armpits; move upper arm bones back, and bottom tips of the shoulder blades towards each other and into the body.

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