Headstands are really not as hard as you might believe. I was a gymnast for a good portion of my life, and I started all my kids in gymnastics when they were small. My girls and I now take a gymnastics class together at a local gym.
Practicing headstands will strengthen your core and build your balance. Being upside-down also has a number of surprising mental health benefits. For some reason or another, it really clears your head. Yoga enthusiasts sometimes do headstands as part of their programs, and they can tell you that there is a definite serenity in turning heels over head.
Practice Being Upside-Down
This step is for the extreme beginner. Hanging your head down below the rest of your body can be an unnerving experience. If you haven’t done this in some time, you will want to get used to it. Start by laying face down on a bed and hanging your head over the side. When that feels good to you, hang lower and lower until your hands are supporting your upper body and the bed is supporting your lower body. When you can do this without getting sick or dizzy, you are ready to move on.
This is where it all begins. You’re going to get on your knees on the floor. I recommend using a yoga mat or at least a towel, especially if your floors are hard. Put your hands flat on the floor in front of you at about the width of your shoulders. Your hands are two corners of the tripod, or triangle. Put your head on the floor. Your head is the point of the triangle.
This is the hard part. You are going to place your knees, one at a time, onto your elbows. If you think you’re going to topple over, try it against a wall. If you put some time into this, you will eventually be able to balance in the tripod position.
Once you’ve mastered the tripod, you are ready to move on. If you are wobbly in your tripod, do this step against a wall. Get into your tripod position and then very slowly begin to straighten your legs and raise them into the air.
This move takes a lot of core strength, so you might want to put in some time doing crunches as training. If you practice this, you will be able to move your legs all the way up to the sky. When you practice against a wall, you can place your feet against the wall and hold yourself up. When you can do that, you are ready to drag that yoga mat out into the middle of the room and complete a headstand.