For many, headstand is the first inversion that really ‘clicks’. The pose, like all inversions, is dependent on stacking the joints, and relaxing the shoulders away from the ears. But because headstand has a larger base–the forearms and the whole top of the head–it’s easier to trust and let go. According to yogic thought, when the head is connected to the earth, our utmost intentions and cosmic connection merges with the energy of the earth and the foundation of our thought. Like shoulder stand, headstand is a cooling posture. But don’t let it fool you, this pose takes a lot of focus and strength. In the video tutorial above, Sharath Jois will help you with the breathing and physicality to make this pose sturdy and beneficial.