That way,this pose is a rather fearsome pose because it is hitting into the fear centers at the neck and nape. After going into a simpler one where the hips are raised, in this one you leave the support of the hand and hang on from your neck only. There the whole body wobbles. So the neck is that fragile part of your body holding you up. I also find that the calves are intensely involved in this pose. I have never experienced strength as such required from the calves in any other pose I have done now.. the back of legs take a lot of brunt in this pose, and the neck.
Very exciting pose:)
What you need for this pose:
- Strong fish, a minute or two. The basic one.
- Supta vajrasana, equally long and with a great curve at the upper back.
- An ability to fall back in the headstand without fear (that is where the fear kicks in, the neck curving in that extreme fashion).
- Legs, and esp calf strength.