Shirsasana or headstand is one yoga pose that holds a special place among all yoga asanas because of its numerous and holistic benefits. And this led to the renowned yoga guru, B.K.S. Iyengar in his book ‘Light On Yoga’ to refer to Shirsasana as the ‘king of yoga postures’.
Strengthens Shoulders, Arms, Back And Core Muscles
Standing on your head in a straight posture requires you to pressurise your forearms and support your whole inverted body weight with your arms, shoulders and back muscles so that you keep the pressure off your head and neck. Hence Shirsanana helps you build muscle strength in all these areas.
Headstand Improves Memory And Concentration
If you find yourself easily distracted and often struggling to remember things then Shirsasana is a wonderful way to improve your focus and memory power. The downward flow of blood towards the brain is helpful in stilling a restless mind and enhancing mental faculties, making your brain sharper and more focused.
Shirsasana activates your Core muscles
To kick up and get into Shirsasana, maintain your balance and to stay in the pose you will need to work your core muscles. Activating your core improves upper body strength and builds muscle endurance. It also helps in improving overall body posture.
Improves Blood Circulation
Reversing the effects of gravity by doing a headstand promotes better circulation of oxygen rich blood in all parts of the body, regulates pressure and improves performance of our vital organs.