Structural Imbalances

When yoga instructors talk about structural misalignments of the body, they usually mean side-to-side imbalances—distortions of our bilateral symmetry. And for this reason they often suggest that students either practice in front of a mirror to search out right-left discrepancies, or feel exponentially if they can bend or twist to one side more easily than the other. Only when teachers make such comments as, "Square your shoulders, stand up straight, pull your head more to the rear, tuck the pelvis, or don't tuck the pelvis," are they referring to front-to-back imbalances. You can't see those yourself except with a set of mirrors arranged to allow you to watch your posture from the side. Until now almost all of our focus has been on side-to-side imbalances, but we must be concerned with both possibilities when we consider the headstand.

sioe-to-sioe imbalances

The headstand is a balancing pose, and as such, it is not designed to correct side-to-side imbalances. That is best accomplished by postures in which you use a whole-body muscular effort. Watch yourself in a mirror while you are doing the headstand. If your head is at an angle, if one hand is covering your ear on one side, or if you see plainly that your body is tilting to one side, you have side-to-side imbalances and should forget about the head-stand until these have been corrected by other postures. The headstand will only make them worse, and a close look at the muscles of the neck will make the reason for this plain.

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