Getting a headstand right may seem like a daunting task, and it may take quite a bit of practice and multiple attempts to get your feet over your head and keep your balance, but once you get there, you will absolutely love it. Aside from the “Hey, look at me, I can do a headstand,” factor, there are actually quite a few benefits you can get from being upside down for a few minutes a day. You strengthen your core by using your abdominal muscles to keep your balance, and get your upper body toned because you are supported by your back and shoulder muscles. It is also said to improve brain function by sending blood to the head, as well as aids in digestion. It's no wonder the headstand is called the King of all Yoga poses! For those who want to practice their headstands, here's how:
- Start on all fours and put your head on the ground. If you are a first-timer, you may want to do this against a wall to start with. Don't forget to put a mat on the floor before you attempt this!
- Wrap your hands around your head and keep your elbows out.
- The first way to get into a headstand is to extend one leg up and gently push your other leg into position. This is probably the easier way and best for beginners.
- The more advanced way would be to bend both knees and slowly lift both up, using the wall to help stabilize and balance until you work your way to a full headstand position.
- Start of holding this three times for about ten seconds each try. Gradually increase by ten seconds everyday until you can hold for about two minutes.