Yoga is so challenging that I can’t stop setting myself goals to reach… It is all about the experience. My friends and family ask me why do I want a headstand when my feet are enough as pillars of my body, they get worried I fall or harm myself. They never did yoga or never felt the urge of challenging their body. I understand. Yoga is like life. It needs balance, patience, perseverance and awareness… I’d call it “living in a 3 up to 7 Dimensions” with each breath we inhale and each breath we exhale.
Let’s go back to our subject. When first I started to “head-stand”, it was all about the challenge. Then I started reading and investigating the asana. I’d like to share with you the benefits of this yoga pose to be practiced – just a little bit, everyday.
Yoga Headstand a.k.a. Shirshasana Benefits
- Improves blood circulation: blood flows more easily from extremities to heart.
- Improves hair qualtiy: inverted poses increase nutrients and blood flow to the scalp.
- Lifts the face’s muscles: by letting your skin hang in the opposite direction.
- Regulate all glands: refreshes blood in the pituitary and hypothalamus glands – these glands regulate all other glands of the body (thyroid, pineal, and adrenals), including our sexual hormones’ glands.
- Brings to the forefront positive thoughts: when adrenal glands are refreshed, depression decreases.
- Avoids varicose veins and drains all retained fluids in the feet.
- Increases metabolism and body heat: intestine are cleaned, congested blood in the colon released.
- Improves digestion
- Strengthens deep core muscles: holding straight in a reversed position engages oblique, rectus and transverse abdominal muscles.
- Strengthens Shoulders and arms
- Relieves stress
- Increases focus
How to start head-standing?
Start headstand standards:
These instructions are for individuals who have practiced yoga before.
- Child pose
- Monitor your breath
- Bring your hands together and interlock the fingers forming a triangle
- Hips up and forward. Head lands into the palm.
- Walk your feet towards your face, push your elbows into the ground.
- Continue lifting your thighs.
- Point your toes.