The headstand is one of the favorite poses in Polga (pole yoga), and has been for many years. Many Polga (pole yoga) students request a headstand during class whenever the instructor asked for request. Practicing headstand everyday can-do wonders for your mind and body.
This pose may seem like just a fun “pole or polga trick”, but it is actually so much more. The health benefits of the headstand are many.
Before you begin attempting a headstand on your own, remember it is best to learn with a teacher until you find your balance and bearing. This posture is healing, but only if you are doing it properly and safely. If you have any neck or back issues, you will most likely want to skip this pose until you are recovered. Polga (pole yoga) offers in person classes & online classes where you can learn the headstand and so much more. Visit us at www.polgapoleyoga.com or call us at (816) 200-0067
Here are my top 10 health benefits of headstand!
Headstand is known as a cooling pose, it helps you to draw your attention inwards. This posture is extremely helpful for reducing anxiety, stress, fear, or otherwise worrisome thoughts. It becomes a great stress relief it you combine the headstand with long, slow breathing.
When you invert (as we say in the pole world) or turn upside down, you are increasing the blood flow to your brain. This can help to improve mental function, and increase you sense of focus. You will also find it helps to reduce fear and worry, this pose will improve your ability to keep your mind sharp and clear.
Headstand is an awesome pose 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 inverting or turning upside down.
While you are holding yourself up in headstand, you should be pushing down into the ground with your forearms, utilizing the strength of your arms, shoulders and back to keep the pressure off of your head and neck. This is an awesome pose for improving upper body strength and muscular endurance.
When you allow the effects of gravity to be reversed on your digestive organs, you will help to move stuck material, release trapped gases, as well as improve blood flow to the all-important digestive organs -- increasing nutrient absorption and delivery to your cells.
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 optimal they will function. This will help you to adapt to stress better!
Edema in the legs is no fun, and it can happen if you tend to spend long hours on your feet. 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.
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.
Your lymph system can also be called your garbage dump system. This network of nodes and fluids 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.
Polga (pole yoga) offers in person classes & online classes where you can learn the headstand and so much more. Visit us at www.polgapoleyoga.com or call us at (816) 200-0067