Ernesto Gutierrez Owns Headstand Pose

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Please meet Ernesto Gutierrez.  He is Mind Body Flow Yoga’s featured student for this month’s newsletter.  He has a strong yoga practice and was generous in sharing it with us, as he demonstrates Headstand Pose (Sirsasana).

Mind Body Flow Yoga’s Very Own Ernesto Gutierrez  and His Life-Changing Experience with Yoga

I started practicing yoga 3 years ago. My journey into yoga was set into motion by a series of life changing events. After college and two kids later, I was overweight and out of shape and somehow had managed to get the title of “The donut king,” at work.
My life started changing when someone organized a weight loss contest at work. The weight loss contest woke me up again and I managed to lose the weight and actually win the contest. Losing the weight was the stepping stone to a more active life. I started running and joined a local running club (Checkers AC). The running was a great way to stay in shape and maintain the weight loss, but unfortunately, brought on a series of chronic injuries.
I went to see a podiatrist and he suggested that I stretch more. In my mind, I related stretching to yoga classes at my gym. There, I found a couple of very caring and inspiring teachers that helped me overcome my fear of yoga. I thought that yoga was not for me and had the typical excuses for not doing yoga: not flexible enough, not challenging enough for a man. Oh, I was so wrong! Yoga practice has improved my flexibility and physical and mental strength. Yoga has improved my running ability and I have now completed at least 10 half-marathons without injuries. Now, I cross train, run, bike, and swim. Yoga is a great way to avoid injury, due to increased flexibility and core strength and I can no longer imagine an active lifestyle without yoga in it.
As my yoga confidence improved, one of the teachers at my gym suggested that I move on to doing yoga at a studio and that is how I landed at Mind Body Flow Yoga. Wow, the transition from the gym to a yoga studio was amazing! Doing yoga in the hot studio (90 degF) loosened up my body. I became even more flexible and started to stretch muscles I didn’t even know about before.
One of the happiest days of my yoga journey was when I was finally able to do a headstand. This is why I chose this pose as my featured pose. I am still working on my handstand, and hope to share it with you some day.
I am so glad and feel privileged that Marina asked me to share my yoga journey with you. Yoga has changed my life and I try to share it with others every opportunity I get.
Leave a comment below.  What stood out to you in the testimonial? What significant experience have you had in your yoga journey? 

Here are a few things to keep in mind, if you decide to try this pose, or if you have already started to experiment with it.

Tips for Headstand Pose (Sirsasana)

  • Stand in Tadasana. From Tadasana, squat down and place your palms on the floor and bend your knees, keeping your feet and knees slightly wider than hip-width distance. Spread your fingers wide.
  • Look forward toward your finger tips and bring your knees to rest as high as possible on your upper-arm bones (into the armpits, if possible).
  • Rest the crown of your head on the floor. Your elbows are bent to a 90 degree angle tracking back. Make sure you can see your thumbs and elbows.
  • Bring your flexed feet together to touch. If possible, lift your knees off of your upper-arm bones. Squeeze your feet, knees, and thighs together. Slowly pike your feet and legs up towards the sky, until hips stack over shoulders.
  • Stay in the pose for 5 – 10 breaths.
  • Slowly lower your legs and feet down to the ground and come to rest in child’s pose for 3-5 breaths.


  • Relieves stress
  • Increases focus
  • Increases blood flow to the head and scalp
  • Improves blood flow to the eyes
  • Strengthens shoulders and arms
  • Improves digestion
  • Helps to flush out the adrenal glands
  • Decreases fluid build-up in the legs, ankles, and feet


  • If you have a back or neck injury, high or low blood pressure, and/or heart conditions, you should refrain from practicing headstand.

How has your yoga practice changed your life?  What initially held you back?

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1 thought on “Ernesto Gutierrez Owns Headstand Pose”

  1. My sister and I are so proud of our papi in his accomplishments. At 52, his efforts have been so inspiring for us to maintain dedication in our own practice. We hope to be as healthy and happy as he is when we reach his age!
    We love you pa!
    <3 Sari and Amandi G

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