The Benefits of Headstand (Sirsasana)
Inverted postures are an extremely important group of Postures. Inverted postures reverse the action of gravity on the body; instead of everything being pulled towards the foot, the orientation shifts towards head. Similarly, on the emotional and psychic level, inverted postures turn all body upside down. Generally, these practices improve physical health, reduce mental anxiety and mental stress and increase self-esteem. They also increase our mental power, concentration also stimulate the chakras.
The circulatory system is comprised of the heart, lungs and the whole system of vessels that feed oxygen and collect carbon dioxide, other waste products from the cells. Arteries fan out in an intricate tributary system from the heart, which pumps freshly oxygenated blood from lungs outward. Veins return blood to the heart and, unlike arteries, make up a low-pressure system that depends on muscular movement or gravity moving blood along. One-way valves at regular intervals prevent backwash and keep fluid moving towards heart in a system know as venous return. Turning ourself upside down encourages venous return.
Inversions ensure healthier and more effective lung tissue. When standing or sitting upright, gravity pulls our fluids earthward, and blood “perfuses” or saturates the lower lungs more thoroughly. The lower lung tissue is thus more compressed than upper lungs. As a result of, air we inhaling moves naturally into open alveoli of the upper lungs. Unless we take a good, deep breath, we do not raise the ration of air to blood in the lower lungs. When we invert, blood perfuses the well-ventilated upper lobes of the lungs, thus ensuring more efficient oxygen to blood exchanging and healthier lung tissue.
Inverting also gives the heart a break. The heart works persistently to ensure that freshly oxygenated blood makes its way up to the brain and its sensory organs. When inverting, the pressure differential across the body is reversed, and blood floods to brain with little work from the heart.
The lymphatic system is responsible for waste removal, fluid balance, and immune system responses. Lymph vessels arising among the capillary beds of the circulatory system, but comprise a separate system that transports stray proteins, waste materials, and extra fluids, filtering the fluid back through lymph nodes and dumping what remains into the circulatory system at the subclavian veins, under the collarbones. The lymphatic system is analogous to a sewage system, an intricate, underground network tied to every house in town which keeps the citizens healthy.
Lymph, like the blood returning to your heart via the veins, is dependent upon muscular movement and gravity to facilitate its return. The lymphatic system is a closed pressure system and has one-way valves that keep lymph moving towards the heart, when one turns upside down, the entire lymphatic system is stimulated, thus strengthening our immune system.
Inversions while Menstruating
During menstruation women are advised to avoid inversions. When the body is inverted, gravity causes the vessels supplying blood to the uterus to be partially blocked, and this can temporarily stop the flow. The energy of the body at this time in a womanÕs cycle is moving down into the earth..
Sirsasana (HEAD STAND) is one of the most important postures in yoga. It revitalises entire body and stimulates the mind.
Headstand ensures a proper blood supply and stimulates the pituitary and pineal glands in the brain, glands that responsible for growth also sex hormones. Our growth, health and vitality depend on the proper function of these 2 glands that controlling chemical balance of the body.
Regular practice of Headstand makes pure healthy blood flow through the brain cells. It rejuvenates them, so thinking power increasing and thoughts become very clear. Shirshasana stimulates the nervous system, increasing mental alertness and clarity. It is a centering, calming and soothing Asana. People suffering from loss of sleeping, memory and vitality have recovered by the regular practice of this posture
Headstand strengthens spine, neck, shoulders and the arms. The muscular system of abdomen and the legs are toned. Blood and lymph fluid is relieved from the legs and ankles and with regular practice prevents the buildup of fluid in the legs as well the feet. Coupled with shoulder stand (Sarvangasana) it is a benefit to people suffers from constipation. The lung tissue is stimulated, which relieves colds, coughing, tonsillitis, bad breath as well palpitations.
By reversing the pull of gravity on the organs, especially the intestines, it helps to cleanse them and overcome problems of the liver, kidneys, stomach, intestines and reproductive system. Headstand increases gastric fire and also produces heat in the body. When done properly, headstand helps the spine become properly aligned, improving our posture, facilitating good breathing and reducing muscular stress. The weight of the abdominal organs on the diaphragm encouraging and deep breathing, which gently massages internal organs. Headstand used to treat asthma, hay fever, diabetes, headaches, anxiety and menopausal imbalance in women.
Sirsasana provides an opportunity for experimenting safely with unfamiliar and the fear it creates. Sirsasana can be scary; it literally turns your world upside down!!
People suffering from high blood pressure, detached retina, glaucoma, hernias, cardiovascular disease, cervical spondylitis, arteriosclerosis, and kidney problems should not practice headstand. Those suffering from neck injuries should seek advice from an experienced yoga instructor before beginning to practice Sirshasana. It is advisable for women during menstruation to avoid inversions.
Time spent upside down everyday, especially in Shoulder stand and Headtand, is one of the best things we could possibly do for ourself. These postures bring health and vitality to the body while calming and soothing the mind and as well the spirit.