Headstand? What the heck!
When you see a live Headstand (Shirshasana) for the first time, your initial reaction would be generally “what the heck !”. How can one’s head support their weight, right ? I wasn’t feeling any different but something about it- probably its upside down nature- was so irresistible to me. I become interested in things when they are upside down – because there are so many possibilities you can pick from them!
So passage from “No way !” to “I want to try” was really quick for me. It seemed so powerful as a posture and I kept imagining what it would be like to view the world upside down once in a while feeling lighter than a leaf ! Envisioning postures in yoga is a great help for me to finally master them after regular practise. In yoga, nothing is impossible when you know your mind is powerful enough to get rid of its blocks- the fears! Having said that, pay attention to go slowly and take your time because you can easily hurt your neck with this posture. The key is take strength from your arms and contract your abs to establish your balance.
There are many health benefits of that posture that would suprise you! Like any inverted posture , this posture helps your heart by sending the oxygen in the opposite direction of your blood flow and stimulates “youth” to your cells.You can expect to have a younger skin and remain youthful if you practice it regularly. It also oxygenises your brain providing a great relaxation and changing your mood, creating more positive thoughts and and helping with a better sleep. So it can help to overcome stress and feelings of depression.
During headstand practise, an important blood circulation occurs. Your heart has to pump clean blood to the brain and by giving it a rest during this inverted posture, you also help your heart to collect the deoxygenated blood all the way from the buttom of your body.So you give your heart a rest. Additionally, you can reduce fluid retention in the buttom of your body and have an improved digestion through cleaning of the intestines . It is also a great exercise to strengthen the core muscles of your body and your balance.
When your world is wrong side up, maybe there is a simple way that will help to turn the right side up ?
Moreover, when you think about the repetitive patterns in your life and believe you are out of control of things, have you tried and look at things from a different angle even maybe from upside down perspective? Sometimes the solution is right there and more simple than we might imagine and life wants us to look at things differently to break the pattern and make a significant change in our lives…
There are so many possibilities you can pick from a “perfect struggle” and it won’t hurt to be a bit creative when your world is upside down 😉
Stay with PEACE, LOVE and YOGA…