This week’s pose is called Dolphin which is primarily used as a beginning step for doing a supported headstand. Also known as salamba sirsasana in practice, headstands are categorized as inversions. Inversions are poses where one’s feet are lifted above the head. Other examples include plow pose (halasana), shoulder stand (sarvangasana), and handstands (adho mukha vrksasana). When done properly, headstands can help improve circulation, strengthen the core, calm the mind and increase body awareness.
After feeling comfortable holding Dolphin, the next step would be to lift up one leg. Eventually, one would be able to lift up both legs into a headstand.
The following video, an eHow for holding a headstand, also demostrates how to get into a dolphin pose. It is my goal this year to be able to hold a headstand. Wish me luck!
Note: It is not recommended that women who are pregnant or menstruating do any inversion poses. I don’t actually know the reasoning behind this, but I certainly wouldn’t risk it!
Other tips for performing inversions can be found here: http://www.healthguidance.org/entry/2926/1/Inversion-Yoga-Poses.html