The Head Stand Pose
- Category: First steps
They are intended primarily to restore and maintain a practitioner's well-being, improve the body's flexibility and vitality, and promote the ability to remain in seated meditation for extended periods. They refer to two things: the place where a practitioner sits and the manner (posture) in which s/he sits. Suggestion is "to sit in a position that is firm, but relaxed".
There are numerous therapeutic benefits from practicing this pose that if you they are practiced on a regular basis barring menstrual time, the changes will feel vigorous, the young and energetic.
The abundant supply of arterial blood to the brain regenerates the brain and complete nervous system. It is useful for sensory work. Improves mental faculties like concentration and memory. This training is also effective for endocrine and digestive system. Improves balance and alignment of back and spine, replaces sagging abdominal organs to their original place. It also helps in retaining youthful look and vigor.
In doing a Hand Stand, you relax your chest and build power in your arms and wrists. Aside from that, this Asana helps improve your coordination and sense of balance.
Head stand Step 1
Use a sticky mat (doubled over, if you want extra cushion). On your hands and knees, bring the crown of your head to the ground.
Head stand Step 2
With your palms flat and near your head, bring your hands away from your face – this creates the ‘tripod’ between the head and hands. Your forearms should now be perpendicular to the ground. Lift your knees up and walk in your feet. Stay here for 5-20 breaths.
Head stand Step 3
Your feet should be as close as possible (primarily your bum is aligned on top of the head and the shoulders). Try bringing each knee, one at a time, to rest on top of your triceps (teddy bear headstand). Stay here for 5-20 breaths.
Head stand Step 4
With your knees and big toes touching, roll your bent legs slowly upwards, until your knees are pointing up to the ceiling. Going through all theses motions slowly requires engaging core strength. Stay 5-20 breaths.
Head stand Step 5
Finally, extend your legs straight up into the air. Seal the inner legs together. Hold for as long as you desire, then come down slowly, the same way you rolled up!
NOTE: All the vertical poses should be followed by "The Corpse pose".
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