What is the correct hand and arm placement in Headstand (Salamba Sirsasana)?

The fingers should be interlocked and fit together without spaces and without gripping. Think of the interlocking of your fingers as the dove-tailing found in fine furniture. The top of the thumbs should touch, not fold over each other. The radius bone at the wrist should be perpendicular to the floor as show in the top left photo.

The fingers should NOT spread apart as shown in the left middle photo. The forearms should be pressed firmly onto the floor from the wrists to the elbows as shown in the left bottom photo.

Watch the elbows as you move into Sirsasana. The elbows should be directly under the shoulders as shown in the above photos on the right. The elbows should remain an even distance from the center line of the body. The moment students move into Sirsasana the elbows shift out away from the shoulders. This will place undo stress on the cervical spine. Refraining from ‘hopping’ up into Sirsasana and keeping the forearms firmly rooted onto the floor will help keep this from happening.

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Roberta has been practicing yoga since 1988 and has been teaching yoga since 1994. She has trained under master yoga teachers Swami Padmananda, Patricia Walden, Manouso Manos, Father Joe Pereira, Zoë Stewart, Karin Stephan, Liz Owen and others. She continues to study with her Iyengar teachers, Patricia Walden and Peentz Dubble. Roberta has studied yoga at the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Memorial Institute in Pune, India during June 2011, February 2014 and attended Abhijata's intensive in Pune, India December 2016. Roberta is currently enrolled in Peentz Dubble's two year Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training Program. Additionally, Roberta completed training and certification with Elise Browning Miller as 'Yoga for Scoliosis' instructor. She completed a 500 hour Hatha Yoga Certification program with AURA Wellness Center and is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500. She has been a Certified Meditation Teacher since June 2007 and has been an Usui Reiki Practitioner since 1989. Roberta's Personal Practice Philosophy: Health issues have changed and deepened my practice. You will see many photos of me using a variety of props. On days I don't feel well, instead of saying, "I can't practice today", Iyengar Yoga has taught me to say, "How can I practice today".
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