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FREE YOGA VIDEO: Headstand (Sirsasana Pose)
Sirsasana, or headstand, looks quite difficult, but is actually a very simple yoga pose that anyone can learn in 1-4 weeks. Inverted yoga postures can feel scary or awkward, but once you get used to the sensation, they are actually quite enjoyable. Long-time yoga students have been known to hold sirsasana for as long as 5 minutes; and the world record headstand is something like 2 hours and 40 minutes!
HEADSTAND: Is it Safe?
I have taught headstand in nearly every yoga class I’ve ever taught (which is thousands), and I’ve found it to be one of the safest and simplest yoga poses you can learn… provided you practice correctly. Some people like to argue that our bodies are not designed for this type of movement, but I think that’s a very limited view of human evolution. Gently resting your body weight on your head is hardly an extreme movement, and I’ve seen everyone from 80 lbs. elderly women to 225 lbs. bodybuilders learn to master this pose without much resistance.
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BENEFITS OF HEADSTAND
When you’re upside down, the blood pressure in your body is reversed. Your body has a “fail safe” on the brain so it doesn’t burst with pressure, but the rest of your body is undergoing a pretty serious shift. What this means is that fresh blood is pushed with more force into areas it wouldn’t normally reach as easily; and from a health perspective, this is a good thing! On a more subtle level, headstand tends to have a very calming and balancing effect on the body.
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