|Headstand is one of my top favourite poses. It leaves me feeling invigorated and inspired, clear and somewhat more alive, rejuvenated and clean. I practice headstand every single day, sometimes for a whole 10minutes. Here are two of my personal favourite benefits of headstand: |
Being upside down stimulates and replenishes the pituitary, pineal and hypothalamus glands in the brain. These are the “master glands” that regulate all other glands in the body, and are therefore vital for overall wellbeing. Hormones by definition are chemical messengers that regulate our physiological and psychological behaviour. Just think about that for a second – physiological and psychological. That’s basically all of you. And headstand helps regulate all your hormones, therefore all of you! This is huge. Headstand has been proven to alleviate diseases associated with hormonal imbalance such as diabetes and depression.
My other favourite benefit of headstand is that it brings you in to the present moment because you have to balance. The moment your mind wanders, you fall. In our increasingly crazy busy world, this simple mental exercise is profoundly important for our mental health.
Other benefits of headstand are:
It draws your attention inwards
Helps releives stress, anxiety and fear
Keeps mind sharp and clear
Relaxes and simultaneously strengthens the blood vessels in the brain which prevents migraines
Increased blood supply to the brain which improves mental function
Rids water retention in legs
Stimulates the lymphatic system which helps rid the body of unwanted toxins
Takes strain off the heart
Assists venous blood return, allowing un-oxygenated blood that may be “stuck” at your extremities to return to the heart and be replenished
Lessened risk of ischemic stroke
Join me for group yoga in Kalk Bay, or book a private yoga class to sharpen your headstand practice!