15 Health Benefits Of Handstand
Strengthening Your Upper Body
Not only does a handstand force you to engage your core, but of course it also forces you to use your upper body to stay upright, especially your arms and shoulders. Just think about it, doing a handstand means that you are literally standing on your hands, thus you are supporting all of your weight with your upper body and your arms.
Headstand is known as a cooling posture, meaning that it helps you to draw your attention inwards. This posture is extremely helpful if you are having anxiety, stress, fear or otherwise worrisome thoughts. Combine headstand with long, slow breathing and you have a recipe for stress relief.
When you turn upside down, you are increasing the blood flow to your brain. This can help to improve mental function, and increase you sense of focus.Along with helping to reduce fear and worry, this posture will improve your ability to keep your mind sharp and clear.
No Equipment Needed
Personally one of our favorite parts about handstands is that they give you a good workout while also taking away the need for exercise equipment. Equipment like weights, resistance bands, and other exercise tools can cost a whole lot of money, which of course is something which we would rather avoid. If money is a little tight for you, handstands are a cheap and equipment free alternative to other expensive exercises.
Improves Blood Flow To The Eyes
When you flip over, you will be sending extra oxygen and nutrient rich blood to the head, and that means more will be getting to your eyes. This can help to prevent macular degeneration and other eye issues.
Increases Blood Flow To The Head And Scalp
Headstand is an awesome posture if you want to optimize the nutrient flow to your head and scalp. You can help your body deliver extra nutrients and oxygen to your scalp, thereby improving nutrient delivery to your hair follicles by turning upside down. You never know, perhaps a consistent headstand practice will help you grow a more luscious head of hair!
The next thing that handstands can do for you is to increase your grip strength. When you stand on your feet your heels act as a stabilizer and they help you grip the ground plus stay upright too. Yet your hands don’t have heels, thus making it harder to balance. Therefore in order to achieve optimal balance when doing a handstand, you need to use your fingers in order to stay upright.
Strengthens Shoulders And Arms
While you are holding yourself up in headstand, you should be pushing down into the ground with your forearms, utilizing the strength of your arms, shoulders and back to keep the pressure off of your head and neck. This is an awesome posture for improving upper body strength and muscular endurance.
Increased Musculoskeletal Health
A huge benefit that you can reap from doing handstands is that they increase the musculoskeletal health in your upper body. In simplest terms, your musculoskeletal health is the health of your bones. To increase the health of your bones you need to do weight bearing exercises, and of course doing handstands is considered a weight bearing exercise because you are holding up your entire weight with your arms.
When you allow the effects of gravity to be reversed on your digestive organs, you will help to move stuck material, release trapped gases, as well as improve blood flow to the all important digestive organs — increasing nutrient absorption and delivery to your cells. Again, if you combine headstand with focused belly breathing you will have a double whammy effect.
Helps To Flush Out The Adrenal Glands
Going upside-down will squeeze your little adrenal glands, which are responsible for the production of those so-called stress hormones. The cleaner your adrenal glands are, the more optimal they will function. This will help you to adapt to stress better!
Decreases Fluid Build-Up In The Legs, Ankles, And Feet
Edema in the legs is no fun, and it can happen if you tend to spend long hours on your feet. Reversing the effects of gravity on your bodily fluids will help to flush out built up water in the legs, relieving the uncomfortable feeling of edema.
Develops Strength In The Core Muscles
Headstand is a major core workout. You will rely on your core strength to hold your legs up and keep your balance throughout the pose. Having a strong core makes you more durable and less prone to injury in yoga, and in life overall.
Stimulates The Lymphatic System
Your lymph system can also be called your garbage dump system. This network of nodes and fluids help to remove waste products from your blood. When you flip onto your head you will be directly stimulating your lymphatic system and thereby helping to remove toxins from your body.
Sirsasana is definitely not a pose I would recommend you get into on your first day of learning and practicing yoga. But I do highly recommend you keep at it because it’s a great posture with tons of benefits! What’s YOUR take on headstands?