The support of a wall

Beginners can if they wish practise near a wall, especially if they are unsure of themselves. In this case, it is important that the back of the head is placed a little more than thirty centimetres from the wall in the starting position. This is important because if you place your head nearer to the wall, then the wall will prevent you raising your body into the final pose. On the other hand, if you place your head further away from the wall, then you may fall against the wall and injure yourself; instead of being an aid, the wall will become an obstruction.

The wall is to be used only to prevent any backward overbalance; it should not be used to perform the asana in anyway. When you gain confidence and proficiency we recommend that you discard the wall and practise in the middle of an open space. This will further help to develop your sense of confidence.

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