After 8 month of practice, mostly Ashtanga, 3 to 4 times a week, with the help of a wonderful teacher, this week I was able to do head stand jumping on the wall and hold it for a couple of seconds without him serving as support.
I'm a 64 years old female of average flexibility, under average cardio and above average core strength. I also do spinning, Tabata and some free weight lifting.
Needless to say I am very happy and look forward to improving this and other asana.
Chatting with a young triathlete in my building (who does not do yoga) and an older fellow from spinning class (no yoga either), both warned me about severe neck pain and /or injuries that could result from this pose.
I know that there is an element of risk here, but is this risk outweighed by the benefits?
I've seen folks do the pose in my classes every time and have not heard of injuries.
Any help or advise will be very much appreciated.