The classic counterpose to the headstand is sarvangasana, or the shoulderstand. During the headstand the neck is positioned in its natural curve (its most stable position), while in the shoulderstand the curve is flattened because the neck is in full flexion.
What are counter poses in yoga?
A counterpose in yoga is a posture that helps neutralize the body after performing a particular pose. Its purpose is to restore balance in the body, especially in the spine and pelvis.
What is the counter pose of Sarvangasana?
Matsyasana is essential to practice after Sarvangasana to counter balance the effect of the Jalandhar Bandha. Otherwise an asana that bends the head backwards like Bhujangasana or Chakrasana. Halasan, Vistrut Pada Halasana, Karnapeedanasana and Ashwini Mudra can be practiced after Sarvangasana, before Matsyasana.
What is the counter pose for hip openers?
Hip openers generally involve stretching the hip with the hip externally rotated and the knee bent. So examples of hip openers may include pigeon pose, bound angle, low lunge with the foot turned out, janu sirsasana and even lotus (whether with one foot or both).
What are 3 examples of counterposes?
Forward bending counterposes include Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose), Upavistha Konasana (Open Angle Pose), Janu Sirsasana (Head-to-Knee Forward Bend), and Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend).
Is Anusara yoga good for beginners?
This course is for everyone, from complete beginners to practitioners who want to deepen their understanding and practitioners transitioning into Anusara Yoga. If Anusara Yoga is not already your current practice, this course is a prerequisite to teacher training.