Take a moment to scroll through the yoga hashtag on Instagram, and you'll likely be bombarded with impressive photos of bendy yogis flipping their perspective in headstands and handstands galore. And while you might love your weekly, stress-relieving yoga sessions, maybe part of you's itching to try some of these more advanced asanas. If you're looking for tips for doing headstands in your yoga practice, I got the inside scoop from a yogi who's all about getting upside down, and can teach you the moves you need to nail forearm stands, handstands, and basically any inversion you can dream of.
In an exclusive interview with Elite Daily, Kirsty Tavolacci, a yoga instructor based in South Carolina, and the co-creator of the ebook HIIT to Invert, reveals how she became the inversion sensation that she is today on Instagram, where she posts daily yoga photos and videos under the handle @tiny.kirsty for her 57,000 devoted followers.
"I started my own inversion practice in yoga by watching others," Tavolacci says. "I was extremely inspired by those who could effortlessly float their feet above their body."
As a former competitive cheerleader, Tavolacci says the sport really helped her conquer the fear of getting upside down in her yoga poses in a huge way. For those of us without a history of cheering, though, getting upside down can be pretty freaking terrifying.
"If you have a fear of getting inverted, my advice would be to take it easy," she tells Elite Daily. "Remind yourself that it’s not scary. It is simply just out of your comfort zone, and it will take some getting used to."
All it really takes, she says, is a little patience and a lot of practice. Here are her six tricks for nailing any yoga inversion your heart desires.