Exercise of the Month: Headstand

Headstand might sound scary at first, but don’t run away just yet. Read about the benefits of the headstand first!  

Mostly, when people think about headstand, they think it is a yoga practice. Which partly is true. The science of yoga is extremely beneficial for the mind and body and the knowledge comes from ancient times. Headstand happens to be one of the inversion postures (asanas) in yoga and it is called sirsasana in Sanskrit.  

How to perform a head stand (Sirsasana): 

  1. Kneel on the floor.To create a strong base imagine a triangle on your mat. The top angle should be your head and the two bellow your hands. Another base positioncould be done by interlocking your fingers and placing your forearms on the floor. Keeping elbows shoulder-width apart and rest the crown of your head on the top angle or against the clasped hands.  
  2. 2. Come into an upside-down “V” position. Walk your feetcloser to your elbows, heels raised.
  3. 3. Slowly, uplift your feet off the floor and bring your knees closer to your chest.
  4. 4. Gently straighten your legs and keep them perpendicular to the ground.
  5. 5. Keep your weight evenly balanced on the two forearms and stay in this pose for 15-20 seconds.
  6. 6. After lowering the legs, keep the head lowfor few secondsand slowly raise your body to normal position. 

Benefits 

  1. 1.Calms the Brain:The upside-down position of headstand amplifies the flow of blood to the brain. The freshly-oxygenated blood stimulates the pituitary and pineal glands which calm and rejuvenate the mind.  
  2. 2.Increases focus:When you go upside-down, the blood flow is directed from the feet to the head. This improves mental function and in turn, elevates the focus of the person. 
  3. 3.Therapeutic for a Headache and Migraine:Sirsasana effectively relaxes and strengthens the blood vessels in the brain thereby preventing headaches and migraine. Also, the practice of headstands increases nutrients in the mind that tranquilizes the brain and prevents headaches. 
  4. 4.Strengthens Arms,Shoulders and Core: Sirsasana strengthens the core by improving the upper body strength, and muscle endurance. 

 

  1. 5.Improves Digestion: By performing an inversion, you allow the effects of gravity to be reversed on the digestive system that removes stuck material, releases trapped gases, and increases the blood flow to the digestive organs.
  2. 6.Triggers Lymphatic System: The lymphatic system is responsible for the removal of fluids from the tissues and waste products from the blood. When you flip onto your head, you stimulate the lymphatic system and assist in removal of toxins from the body.
  3. Cure for Piles and Varicose Vein:The disease of piles and enlarged veins occur due to the accumulation of the blood within the anus and legs. The sirsasana yoga posture breaks down the blood build-up in the veins and anus and transfers it to other parts of the body while alleviating the problem of piles and varicose veins effectively. 

For advice on practice, please consult with our SportsDock fitness professionals first. Good luck!

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