Headstand

Definition - What does Headstand mean?

The headstand is an inversion that exhibits strength, control and beauty in overcoming the fear of falling through physical and mental balance.

This pose is performed by resting the head and forearms in a triangular formation on the mat. Once they have formed a strong base, the legs move in toward the torso so the weight begins to shift onto that base. The legs are then lifted, supported by a strong core. The torso should be perpendicular to the mat so that the body is in a straight line from the legs to the head.

Headstand is also known as sirsasana in Sanskrit.

Yogapedia explains Headstand

The headstand is considered by some as the most important inversion and is often referred to as the “king” of yoga postures. This full inversion returns blood to the heart and the brain, refreshing the cardiovascular and lymphatic systems and energizing the whole body. This pose can also relieve headaches and assist with managing asthma.

Performing a headstand is thought to offer mental clarity and renewed energy, and is believed to help increase memory and concentration over time, due to additional blood flow to the brain. The headstand stimulates the pituitary gland, tones the torso, and offers relief to abdominal and digestive organs. It also strengthens the body from the arms through the spine and legs.

This is an advanced posture. If attempting this pose for the first time, the practitioner should seek the assistance of a yoga teacher. It is preferable to warm up the core and shoulders before practicing this pose.

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