Hello, week three of shoulderstand! Over the past two weeks we have worked on opening the chest and hip flexors, and strengthening the triceps and inner thighs, which should have our bodies in a good spot to attempt the full pose.
Common Misalignment: Transitioning from bridge pose into shoulderstand can actually cause some of the old alignment mishaps to reemerge. Most commonly, the neck starts to come into flexion, which we want to avoid.
The Fix: Starting in bridge pose, externally rotate the arm bones and walk your triceps towards one another. Push your upper arms into the mat and bend your elbows, extending your fingertips towards the ceiling. Rise up onto the balls of your feet and bring your hands underneath your hips, forming a little shelf for them to rest on. Left your legs up towards the sky one at a time.
Check the alignment of your upper body. Your triceps should form a little tunnel of space and your entire spine should be off the ground. Your neck should be nice and long, front and back.
For a sneak peek of what we’ll be working on next week, click here.