Head stands are amazing!
Traditionally known as Sirsasana, the headstand is often referred to as the king pose because it leads us into an adventure where we’re turned upside down, standing head strong in the earth with our perspective reversed thus encouraging us to discover our true courage to see things differently!
It’s a king of poses indeed and is renowned for sharpening the mind, revitalizing the whole body and building personal confidence – so it’s definitely a pose worth preserving with and learning well.
The many many many benefits you will begin to feel are:
- Refreshment of energy
- Boosted Circulation
- Calmed and focused mind – bringing about mental clarity
- Reduced stress
- Elevated mood helping to combat lethargy + mild depression
- Stimulation of the pituitary and pineal glands
- Toning + strengthening of the arms, legs, abdominal organs and spine
- Improved lung health
- Decreased fluid build-up in the legs, ankles + feet
- Improved digestion
Sirsasana is often used therapeutically for asthma, infertility, insomnia, menopause and sinusitis
However headstands can be contraindicative so avoid if you have any of the following:
- Neck injury
- Ear and eye problems
- Heart condition
- Extreme high blood pressure
- Acid reflux
- Low blood pressure: Don’t start practice with this pose
- Pregnancy: If you are experienced with this pose, you can continue to practice it late into pregnancy. However, don’t take up the practice of Sirsasana after you become pregnant.
On a spiritual level by inverting we lower our head to the ground – we bow to the earth and we place our heart higher than our head… bringing our mind, our thoughts and vision to service of the heart…
….this is an act of humility – a symbol of devotion … and this takes deep strength from our core to serve and be true to our heart.