Last year I told you why I use a headstand bench as part of my yoga practice, and realized I left y’all hanging. So if you got a bench go drag it out of the closet, for this Headstand Bench Workout for Beginners. In this short 10 min core yoga practice we’ll work through the basic exercises to build our core, stamina, and self-confidence when coming into inversions.
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Yoga headstand bench workout
To begin, come into ‘standing’ on your headstand bench. My preferred way is through downward dog/dolphin and into a ball then extending the legs. The first exercise in this yoga headstand bench workout is a double leg drop.
Make sure to hinge at the hips, rounding your spine, dropping your feet together towards the floor. if they don’t come to the floor then create an “L” position instead. Ensure elbows are drawing in, and chin slightly tucked.
After a few repetitions if this feels good then try alternating single leg drops towards the floor. It’s a little more challenging to do unilateral movements. If this feels too challenging then stick to the double legs.
In the yoga headstand bench workout I take a break after the single leg drops. But you can rest at any time and then jump back into your bench to return to the workout. The second half of the workout we will start with a straddle. Both legs will come out to the sides.
Again, ensure elbows are in. Think about bringing the legs out to the sides and to the elbows and not the elbows to the knees. If this feels doable then try alternating leg straddles. To end we come back to center and return the feet to the floor coming into child’s pose before slowly coming back up to seated.
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- Have you done a yoga headstand bench workout?
- Do you feel comfortable coming into inversions?
- How strong is your core?