My headstand (Sanskrit: Sirsasana) is YEARS in the making. Believe me when I say that I really, really WANTED to do it so badly before, only to be disappointed. And that is because I just did not have the proper foundations. I did not have the upper body and core strength, among other things. Thankfully, I did not experience any injury, just minor sprains and strains.
And so, I stopped obsessing over it. Actually I forgot about it, and would skip it altogether in my vinyasa practices. And when I did finally try it out again, I got a big surprise when I was finally able to fold both knees (half headstand) for a few seconds.
Now, I still have my good or bad days. I realize that I really can’t get into it without prior proper core work, shoulder and hip opening sequences. This headstand with Teacher Marc Carlos is the most straight I have gone so far. I remember when he used to lightly spank my hips, haha, telling me to relax them.
There is still a lot to work on, and I don’t know if it will take me years again. But for now, I am happy! This is a milestone.
I guess, what I really just want to say is, in yoga, as in life, there shouldn’t be shortcuts to achieving your goal, because the lessons are in that journey. Don’t rush. Be patient. Build from the ground up. Enjoy the journey.