1. From Table pose, bring the crown of the head flat to the floor. Slide the palms back a few inches until the elbows are bent at right angles.
2. Tuck the back toes under and straighten the legs. Walk the toes in until you can carefully lift the right knee and place it on top of the right elbow. Carefully place bring the left knee to the left elbow. Let the weight of your body primarily on the crown of the head, using the arms for additional support and balance.
3. Breathe deeply and hold for 3-6 breaths.
4. To release: exhale and carefully step one foot back to the floor at a time. Bring the knees to the floor and press into Child pose.
5. Repeat on other side.
Benefits: Headstand prep improves memory and concentration, nourishes facial skin and hair, relieves organ prolapse, and stimulates the crown chakra. This pose improves circulation and simulates the immune system.
Contraindications: Recent or chronic injury to the head, neck or spine. Unmedicated high blood pressure, glaucoma.
Modifications: Place a folded blanket under the head.
Variations: This pose is the beginning stage of full headstand pose..