10. Relieve stress
In Yoga, headstands are aptly classified as an “inversion”, both in the literal sense of inverting your body, and in the spiritual sense of turning your attention inwards.
Headstand helps you to draw your attention inwards and is extremely helpful if you are having anxiety, stress, fear or otherwise worrisome thoughts. Combine headstand with long, slow breathing, maintain this posture for as long as you can, and notice as your stress begins to melt away.
9. Increase mental focus
When you turn upside down, you are increasing the blood flow to your brain, which serves as a sort of mental “reset” button. Your focus and brain function will increase, and partnered with reduced stress, helps to clarify your thoughts.
8. Rejuvenate skin and scalp
Headstand is an awesome posture if you want to optimize the nutrient flow to your head and scalp. You can help your body deliver extra nutrients and oxygen to your scalp, thereby improving nutrient delivery to your hair follicles by turning upside down. For this reason you’ll probably notice that the skin on your face takes on a nice glowing color after a headstand. This extra blood flow to the scalp also helps to slow the approach of grey hair, and some yoga fanatics even claim that frequent headstands can bring color back into your grey hair.
7. Improve digestion
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Headstands reverse the gravity on your digestive track, creating blood flow to these important organs, cleaning out trapped material and gasses, and increasing nutrient absorption and delivery to your cells. This also helps clean out your intestines and colon. Focus your breathing into your diaphragm during headstand to increase the effects.
6. Strengthen arms and core
Headstand is a major core workout. You will rely on your core strength to hold your legs up and keep your balance throughout the pose. Having a strong core makes you more durable and less prone to injury in yoga, and in life overall. This is an awesome posture for improving upper body strength and muscular endurance. Try to hold the position as long as you can—the longer you maintain a balanced pose, the more of a workout you’ll get.
5. Stimulate the lymphatic system
Your lymph system is a network of nodes and fluids that help to remove waste products from your blood. When you flip onto your head you will be directly stimulating your lymphatic system and thereby helping to remove toxins from your body.
4. Alleviate depression and improve sex life
Headstands help to stimulate and bring a fresh blood flow to your hypothalamus and pituitary glands, a set of “master glands” which help to regulate our bodies other glands and hormones. By refreshing your sexual hormones and detoxifying your adrenal glands, regular headstands will help improve your sex life, as well as increasing positive thought and general wellbeing.
3. Flush out adrenal glands and internal organs
Going upside-down will squeeze your little adrenal glands, which are responsible for the production of those so-called stress hormones. The cleaner your adrenal glands are, the more optimally they will function. This will help you to adapt to stress better! Reversing the pull of gravity also helps to decongest internal organs: kidneys, liver, intestines, stomach and reproductive organs. It’s therapeutic for asthma, infertility, insomnia, sinusitis and aids digestion, especially if you are suffering from constipation
2. Strengthen the lungs
Headstand strengthens the lungs and deepens and calms your breathing because of the increased pressure on your diaphragm.
1. Improve circulation
When you flip over, you will be sending extra oxygen and nutrient rich blood to the head, and that means more will be getting to your eyes. This can help to prevent macular degeneration and other eye issues.
Reversing the effects of gravity on your bodily fluids will help to flush out built up water in the legs, relieving the uncomfortable feeling of edema. Edema in the legs is no fun, and it can happen if you tend to spend long hours on your feet. Improved circulation also aids digestion and metabolism, and it reduces varicose veins.
BONUS: It’s fun! Gain a new perspective on your world… see it upside down!
The Ananda Headstand Bench is a safe, fun and easy way to get the benefits of the headstand.