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Why Every Woman Should do Handstands Daily

Headstand (Shirshasana) is often referred to as the king of all yoga poses. Here are some reasons why you should headstand daily.

Some PROS

1.Let’s start off with my favorite, duh, a free facelift. While upside down, The inverted position of a headstand also flushes fresh nutrients and oxygen to the face, creating a glowing effect on the skin. Being upside down allows nutrients and oxygen to rush to the face. Not only is this healthy, it makes the skin glow.

2.Headstands release anxiety and relax the mind. It puts more smiles on your face, because duh when your upside down you automatically have a smile. Seriously though, your depression will decrease as you create more positive thoughts thanks to your flushed and detoxified adrenal glands

3.Headstands increase blood flow and nutrients to the scalp, decreasing the onset of grey hair. Some professionals believe it actually reverses grey hair back to its natural color.

4.Headstands give your heart a boost in circulation and make it easier to send blood up to the brain. De-oxygenated blood is able to flow easily from the extremities back to the heart

5.Headstands provide refreshed blood to the hypothalamus and pituitary glands. These are vital ass glands, they are like the masters that regulate all other glands in the body (thyroid, adrenals, and pineal). This includes our sex hormones, so expect hotter sexcapades with a consistent headstand practice.

6.People who have varicose veins will like the fact that being upside down drains the fluid that was retained in the feet.

7.Besides its healing power, headstands build on core strength. In order to stay upside down for a length of time, you will need a massive amount of strength in your upper back, arms, and shoulders. To accomplish a still headstand the practitioner must engage the transverse abdominus, the obliques, and the rectus abdominus. A tip to really strengthen the core would be to pike the legs at the same time when coming in and out of the pose.

8.Since headstands send more oxygenated blood to the brain, it eliminates your chances of having an ischemic stroke.

9.Helps to cure insomnia naturally.

10.Headstands increase memory improves mental balance and concentration. 

 

Some CONS

1.Headstands can be contraindicative if you have neck injuries, extremely high blood pressure, ear and eye problems, if you are menstruating, or have acid reflux.

2.Headstands improve your balance, besides strength. You need good balance to be able to hold yourself up. Freestanding headstands require you to have superior strength. Especially so you can transition poses.

3.Just do it, start building handstands into your everyday routine, even if you’re not ready for 5 mins, start slowly with 1 minute, go up by a minute every 5 days. Not only is this healthy physically, and mentally, it comes with killer bragging rights, and you earned them.

Shirshasana Steps

  1. Sit on knees like and interlock the fingers of both hands and place them in front on the yoga mat.
  2. Slowly place your head into the hollow of palms. be careful not to put any pressure on your skull. 
  3. Slowly lift your both legs towards upwards and keep it straight. Ask a friend or find a wall for help.
  4. The body should be in a straight line from down to up.
  5. Breathe normally in this position for 15 to 20 seconds or more than that if you can.
  6. Now slowly release pose to come to starting position by lower down your legs (Bending Knees) one by one.
  7. Repeat this for 3-4 cycles.
  8. You can practice it for 1 minute to a maximum of 5 minutes in the beginning. After a good practice increase duration. 

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Proper Breathing Assists in Longevity

 

Why is breathing important or even a topic of discussion

 

Breathing correctly is not only important for living longer, it also keeps you in a good mood and performing at your best. Let us look at the benefits of deep breathing and why you should make it part of your everyday sustainable living.

 

Breathing Detoxifies and Releases Toxins

 

Your body is designed to release 70% of its toxins through breathing. If you are not breathing effectively, you are not properly ridding your body of its toxins. Other systems in your body must work overtime which could eventually lead to illness. When you exhale air from your body you release carbon dioxide that has been passed through your bloodstream into your lungs. Carbon dioxide is a natural waste of your body’s metabolism. 

 

 

Breathing Releases Tension and Brings Clarity

 

Think how your body feels when you are tense, angry, scared or stressed. It constricts inward. Your muscles get tight and your breathing becomes shallow. When your breathing is shallow you are not getting the amount of oxygen to circulate through your body. 

 

When you take a deep breath you are also stretching muscles in your neck, chest, and stomach. You’re also sending oxygen to those muscles. Pay attention to your breathing, breathe slowly, deeply, and purposefully into your body. Notice any places that are tight and breathe into them. As you relax your body, you may find that the breathing brings clarity and insights to you as well.

 

 

Breathing Relieves Pain.

 

Breathing has a real connection to how you think, feel and experience life. 

Let’s examine what happens to your breathing when you anticipate pain? 

You probably hold your breath, yet studies show that breathing into your pain helps to ease it.

 

Breathing improves Circulation

The movements of the diaphragm during the deep breathing exercise massage the stomach, small intestine, liver, and pancreas. The upper movement of the diaphragm massages the heart. When you inhale air your diaphragm descends and your abdomen expands. By this action, you massage vital organs and improve their circulation. Controlled breathing also strengthens and tones your abdominal muscles.

 

Breathing Strengthens the Immune System

Oxygen travels through your bloodstream by attaching to hemoglobin in red blood cells. This, in turn, enriches your body to metabolize vitamins and nutrients.

 

Breathing Improves Quality of the Blood

Deep breathing increases blood quality by removing carbon dioxide and increasing oxygen in the blood.

 

Breathing Improves Posture

Good breathing techniques over a sustained period of time will encourage good posture. In order to take a deep breath, your body needs to be straight. Bad body posture results in incorrect breathing so the process works in a cycle.

 

 

Breathing Increases Digestion and Assimilation of food

 

The more oxygen the stomach receives, the more food it digests efficiently. The digestion is further enhanced by the fact that the food is oxygenated.

 

Breathing Improves the Nervous System

 

The brain, spinal cord, and nerves are nourished with oxygen. This improves the health of the whole body since the nervous system communicates to all parts of the body.

 

Proper Breathing makes the Heart Stronger.

 

Breathing exercises reduce the workload on the heart in two ways. Firstly, deep breathing leads to more efficient lungs, which means more oxygen, is brought into contact with blood sent to the lungs by the heart. So, the heart doesn’t have to work as hard to deliver oxygen to the tissues. Secondly, deep breathing leads to a greater pressure differential in the lungs, which leads to an increase in the circulation, thus resting the heart a little.

 

Breathing Strengthen the Lungs

 

As you breathe deeply the lungs become healthy and powerful, a good insurance against respiratory problems.

 

 

Proper Breathing assists in Weight Control

 

If you are overweight, extra oxygen burns up excess fat more efficiently. If you are underweight, extra oxygen feeds starving tissues and glands.

 

 

“If you breathe half a breathe, you’ll only live half a life” – Jintrovert