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10 min

Build Your Headstand from the Ground Up

Ashtanga | By Jodi Blumstein on Dec 21 2011
Here we are building a headstand from the ground up. You will learn Jodi's 4-stage method to build your headstand over time so that you can be free from working with a wall. Headstand is an important closing posture in the Ashtanga system.


Here we are building a headstand from the ground up. You will learn Jodi's 4-stage method to build your headstand over time so that you can be free from working with a wall. Headstand is an important closing posture in the Ashtanga system.


  • Dave Anderson     Jun 7th, 2014
    Excellent approach!
  • Paula Kielty     May 28th, 2014
    Great tutorial. After watching I feel very confident that I will be executing head stands in no time at all. No wall for me :) thank you Jodi. I will be searching for more tutorials by you.
  • Kari Kari     Feb 12th, 2014
    Hi Jodi, I'm very petite- 5'1"- and I have a hard time getting my hips over my shoulders because I have to walk my short little legs in so closely. I can walk my feet in quite a bit since my hamstrings are so open, but my hips still aren't over my shoulders and I feel like I'm at my max in terms of almost being folded in half! Any tips for short students? Thanks!
    • Jodi Blumstein     Mar 16th, 2014

      There is a place where you have gone as far as you can go. Then you have to trust and there will be a little Jump - with both feet at the same time. Once the legs leave the ground, the core/abs/bandhas will kick in and take over to get your hips up there.....

      Let me know if this makes sense. its a little bit of bandha, some faith, and just working with your beautiful body the way it is.


      jodi b
  • Jade Abbott     Feb 10th, 2014
    For some reason I can't hear anything when the video plays. This isn't the only video that's having problems either =[ yogaglo help!
    • YogaGlo     Feb 10th, 2014
      Hi Jade. We have sent you some audio troubleshooting tips via email :)
  • clare weaver     Feb 5th, 2014
    thank you I mean!
  • clare weaver     Feb 5th, 2014
    excellent, detailed tutorial, just what I was looking for... thsnk you!
    • Jodi Blumstein     Feb 12th, 2014
      you are welcome Clare! I am glad you found what you were looking for.


      Jodi B
  • Marcia Cano     Dec 13th, 2013
    Thanks jodi is moré easy your way
    • Jodi Blumstein     Jan 10th, 2014
      You are welcome Marcia! Happy New year!

      Jodi B
  • Theresa LaRue     Oct 23rd, 2013
    Thank you, Jodi!
  • Enyioma Nwankwo     Jun 13th, 2013
    In the second stage am I lifting my head a millimeter or is it my feet being lifted a mm...I couldn't really see it clearly
    • Jodi Blumstein     Jul 5th, 2013
      Hello - 2nd stage you lift your head a TINY bit off the ground! Keep working the stages.


      jodi b
  • Social C     Mar 26th, 2013
    This class helped me realize how much more strength and grace I have in a headstand.
    Thank you Jodi for getting me away from the ugly wall.
  • Alex H     Jan 25th, 2013
    Thank you for this Jodi, this gives me something to work on in the headstand portion of the classes I go to instead of flailing on the wall! Love how you broke it down.
  • Bonnie McClung     Jan 15th, 2013
    Love it! I've been doing handstand for years but never with such ease - I usually had to kick up at least a little. Thank you so much!
  • Andressa Nóbrega     Dec 20th, 2012
    Jodi, your 4-stage method is amazing! Thank you.
  • Laurie Myers     Aug 5th, 2012
    Love the four step process - for sure going to share with my students. Thanks so much xoxo
  • Melanie Buffett     May 1st, 2012
    Very helpful. Thanks Jodi! Great to have you in Mobile. I look forward to next time! PEACE
  • Lana Russo     May 1st, 2012
  • Lorna Grech Fonk     Apr 12th, 2012
    this is great! i'd love to see the equivalent for hand stand :) namaste
  • Garrett Ellis     Mar 31st, 2012
    This foundation has taken away my fear of inversion....i plan to implement the four stages into my practice immediately! Thank you Jodi!
  • Ana Zarzosa     Mar 6th, 2012
    Hey wow! thanks! for the first time I was able to get the real feeling of this pose! I will practice from the bottom through the 4 stages!
    Ana :D
  • Kelsey Kelsey     Feb 28th, 2012
    This is the video I've been looking for! So excited...can't wait to build up to headstand! Thanks!
  • Linda Raven     Feb 19th, 2012
    Thank you! This was great! I'm seconding the request for your handstand tutorial, and if you have a pincha mayurasana tutorial away from the wall, that would be great too! Thanks so much!
  • Lorna Grech Fonk     Jan 24th, 2012
    hi jodi, thats great ! thanks so much, i'm off the wall now for the headstand and its all thanks to this tutorial :) can't wait to try out your method for the handstand
  • Jodi Blumstein     Jan 24th, 2012
    Yes Lorna, I also teach handstand two legs at a time. I will do a tutorial on this because it's quite detailed! But I have found the two-legged approach is more successful!
  • Lorna Grech Fonk     Jan 24th, 2012
    thanks so much but what about adho mukha vrksasana, can you use the same philosophy since there is more of a kick to it.
  • Luminita Pirvu     Jan 23rd, 2012
    Great tutorial! Saved it in my favorites to work with it for a while. Thanks, Jodi !
  • Erica Struble     Jan 19th, 2012
    Finally a great tutorial on headstand! I'm one of those that have used the wall and haven't figured out how to get away from it. Thanks for explaining it so great! Om shanti.
  • Joe Pham     Dec 25th, 2011
    Such a great tutorial. Thanks Jodi!
  • Linda Celestino     Dec 25th, 2011
    Thanks Jodi, you broke this down beautifully. Here goes!
  • Alexis Mascitti     Dec 21st, 2011
    This was really great step by step instruction. I'll get there...someday! For now I'm just happy to be where I am.
  • Lisa Hagen     Dec 21st, 2011
    Good instructions...tnx Jodi!