If we can do this you can do this. One of our proudest accomplishments in 2018 was learning how to do a headstand. The reported health benefits of standing on ones head are obvious but the benefits to the psyche are priceless and hard to describe until experienced.
Who can argue against refreshed blood to the pituitary and hypothalamus, the flush of fresh oxygen to your face and nutrients to your scalp? A headstand a day can be credited with cleaning our adrenal glands, known to produce those hated stress hormones and a few minutes upside down will kick your lymphatic system into gear, ridding your body of all kinds of toxins. Headstands are a wake-up call to the core and prevent edema in the lower legs—skinny ankles anyone?
We should all be upside down each and every day, right? Right! Now, the challenge is actually getting there, and staying there. Our yoga friend, Elissa Greer gave us a tutorial in getting there and once done, we questioned what took us so long? It really wasn’t hard and it felt so damn good as we rose to the occasion.
You can remove the fear factor by beginning on a soft surface, think carpet against a sturdy wall or on a bed of soft grass where the memories of long summer evenings might make the first few efforts just a little easier. You can ask a friend to catch your ankles if falling over on your back isn’t so appealing.
The key is to believe—believe that you can do this and once upside down ,to chill out and appreciate the world from a radically new perspective. Start slow and work up to 6 minutes a day. We are proud of you. And you will be proud of you, too.