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. Read more