10 Reasons to Do a Headstand Every Day
Headstand (Shirshasana) is often referred to as the king of all yoga poses
. Here are 10 reasons why headstand should be practiced everyday.
By reversing the flow of gravity, a headstand simulates a “face lift”
by letting your skin hang in the opposite direction. The inverted
position of a headstand also flushes fresh nutrients and oxygen to the
face, creating a glowing effect on the skin.
2. Headstands increase nutrients and blood flow to the scalp, decreasing onset of grey hair. Some yogis
say that it will even convert grey hair back to its natural color!
Headstands stimulate and provide refreshed blood to the pituitary and
hypothalamus glands. These glands are vital to our wellbeing, and are
considered the master glands that regulate all other glands in the body
(thyroid, pineal, and adrenals). This includes our sexual hormones, so
you can expect better sex
with a consistent headstand practice.
When the adrenal glands are flushed and detoxified with headstands, we
create more positive thought. Depression will decrease, as going upside
down will almost always put a smile on your face.
5. It's great to bust out a headstand at a party. Your peers will be impressed!
Improved circulation occurs with a headstand practice. Because the
heart constantly has to pump blood upward to the brain, the headstand
gives the heart a rest and reduces unnecessary strain. In addition,
while in headstand de-oxygenated blood is able to flow more easily from
the extremities to the heart.
7. Any fluid that
is retained in the feet is able to drain (edema), therefore reducing
the onset and prevalence of varicose veins.
Headstands increase digestive fire and increase body heat. The
intestines are cleansed by reversing the pull of gravity, while
releasing congested blood in the colon.
Headstands strengthen deep core muscles. To hold a straight headstand
for an extended period of time, the practitioner must engage the
obliques, the rectus abdominus and the transverse abdominus. To really
engage and strengthen the core, pike the legs by lifting and/or lowering
both legs at the same time when coming in and out of the pose.
Eliminate your chances of having an ischemic stroke, as scientific
evidence shows that this type of stroke rarely occurs in individuals
that consistently do headstands!
recommend learning headstand from a qualified teacher, its multifaceted
benefits should not be ignored. Headstands can be contraindicative if
you have neck injuries, extremely high blood pressure, ear and eye
problems, if you are menstruating, or have acid reflux.
Published July 18, 2012 at 1:15 PM
About Lisa Mitchell
Yogini Dana is a Philadelphia native, Mamma to two
daughters, Hot Vinyasa Yoga Studio Owner, Co- Director of 200 Hour
Teacher Trainings, College Professor, Vegan Advocate, travel lover, dog
and two cat owner, Autism researcher…living the life of a Yogini to the
best of her ability. You can follow her studio, Dana Hot Yoga on FB and
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on Oct. 11, 2012 at 12:55 PM