Supported headstand is a building block to reaching the fullest expression of the inversion: an extended headstand without the support of the hands and arms.
This supported inversion returns blood to the heart and the brain, which refreshes the cardiovascular and lymphatic systems, and has energizing effects for the whole body. This pose can relieve headaches and assist with managing asthma. The supported headstand stimulates the pituitary gland, tones the torso, offers relief to abdominal and digestive organs, and strengthens the body from the arms through the spine and legs.
Supported headstand is thought to offer mental clarity and renewed energy as well. This pose is said to help increase memory and concentration over time due to additional blood flow to the brain.