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Headstand is such a powerful pose. If you are a regular Bikram practitioner you may never have done a headstand. Or maybe you’re into Vinyasa flow but haven’t progressed that far.

It doesn’t matter. Wherever you are in your practice is a good time to turn yoga upside down. Headstand has a host of benefits.

Revs up your brain

Turning upside down increases blood flow to your brain. This can help to improve mental function, increase your focus, and help you concentrat. Learning headstand will help keep your mind sharp and clear.

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Clears your digestive system

Headstand shifts things inside you, for the better. Reversing the effects of gravity the digestive organs helps move stuck material, release trapped wind, and improve blood flow to important digestive system, speeding nutrient absorption and delivery to your cells.

Builds upper body strength

To hold a headstand you push into the ground with your forearms, and use the strength of your arms, shoulders and back to keep the pressure off your head and neck. This pumps your upper body strength remarkably fast!

Releases fluid build-up

When you are at a desk all day, or on your feet, fluid can build up in your legs and feet. Flipping upside down lets the excess water flush away, relieving the feeling of swollen legs, feet and ankles.

Changes your perspective

Headstand literally turns the world upside down. Seeing the world from a totally new perspective is the perfect antidote to stress, anxiety, self-importance, and all the other nagging problems we encounter in daily life. Not to mention that learning to do headstand is a huge confidence booster.

One of my students said: “Learning to do headstand is one of my biggest achievements this year. I feel like, If I can do that, I can do anything!”

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