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Different Approaches to teaching the headstand

Elizabeth Beringer – Strasbourg Training

Elizabeth Beringer & Dennis Leri – Boston 1 FPTP

Video: Chava Shelhav working with Children

Track: 7 year old boy in school for learning-disabled kids
Ch asks what he wants to do. He wants to do a headstand. [ AY 71 & 72]

The headstand is important insofar as learning balance, attention, overcoming fear, learning in new situations. It’s often associated with improved focus and handwriting]

As here, C’s face to face eye contact with child is very important to direct explanations to brain. Teaching example that there’s no “praise” as child moves through lesson.

In supine, bend knees into chest and then dropping his feet, lowering heels.
In supine, bending knees to chest and then lifting up the butt into bridging position as drop feet.

On all “5”s, rolling head on floor. Find the right location for hands, elbows to optimize balance.
On all 5s, using toes, foot pads to find balance with butt up in the air. (Like downward dog with head on floor).
Walk feet in to head and back.

Bring knees on to elbows. (Tripod)

For this child, the flexors are too tight for this. So lying in prone, lifting arms and legs in extension is next.

Okay. Now back to all 5s. Bring knees exactly on to elbows. Then lift legs to do a true headstand.

He walks around, says he feels grounded like plants are grounded. (And where did his “learning disability go!)

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