Monday, January 3, 2011

Resolution 3: Be able to do headstand

The third of my eleven New Year's Resolutions is to be able to do headstand by the end of the year.

This means focusing on core strength -- something I am lacking. It'll mean taking yoga classes but also developing a regular home practice. I'm kind of lackadaisical about yoga lately, but maybe having a goal to work towards will help.

Here are some concrete steps I can take to achieve this goal:
  • Do core strengthening three times a week. No rules on whether it's morning or evening or even how long it is, but I need to do something often to strengthen my core. Dance classes easily fall into this category as does any yoga class.Otherwise, it's a home practice session.
  • I have a step-by-step video series that breaks down the move with assistance from a wall, so that will help. I should do this video at least once a week, starting with the first in the series.
If, somehow, I manage to achieve this goal early in the year, I'll move on to crow.


  1. This has got to be the most interesting resolution ever! Good luck with that. Do you want to be able to do it on your own? How long do you want to remain in that position for? I've always wanted to learn how to do a split. I just became a little more inspired to do that!

  2. Thanks!

    I picked this because in the first yoga class I ever went to, I saw someone calmly just bend over and easily her legs up into headstand. She stayed like that for 15 or 20 seconds, hardly wavering, then smoothly put her feet back on the ground and stood up. I want to be able to do exactly that -- the confidence, the ability to easily lift up into and out of the position, the strength to stay for nearly half a minute with no wobbling.

    Good luck with the splits! I halfheartedly tried for that a few years ago -- I made a huge difference in my flexibility but gave up before I got to the full split.

  3. Good luck with headstand! It was actually my 2008 resolution, a few months after I had started yoga, and it's now one of my favourite poses. The world is so fun upside down :)

    Here's a tip my yoga instructor gave me that saved a lot of pain - strengthen & stretch your neck & trap muscles as well (as I strained it when I was first working on headstand.)


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