Starting from the Dolphin yoga pose, demonstrated above, then inhale and lean forward lowering your shoulders down as much as you can or until your head is over your hands. Keep the chest open.
Exhale and pull the arms and shoulders up again bringing the pelvis towards the ceiling.
Repeat these movements for about 10 breaths. To come out release the hands and sit down on your knees, lean the chest down towards the floor and rest on child pose for few seconds.
Avoid the dolphin push up if you have any problems with the shoulders or neck.
This workout helps to strengthen the upper body in preparation for the headstand yoga pose.
Marcia has been practising yoga for over 20 years and has specialised in the Hatha and Ashtanga schools of yoga, although has also enjoyed learning other branches such as Iyengar. As well as yoga she practices meditation, and plays a wide range of sports, including badminton, cricket, cycling, and walking.