Turning the World on it's Head
This past weekend students turned their worlds‚ upside down...literally. Beverley Nolan gave a master class on this master pose, headstand (salamba sirsasana). While the health benefits are vast, the pose can be daunting. Don't worry you are not the only one! Beverley broke down the alignment points and techniques needed for going upside down safely and with confidence.
Looking at the body's alignment before coming up in the pose is important to having a safe headstand. Beverley had students lying on the floor looking at the alignment of the body and the natural imbalances unique to each person. Students helped each other make small but crucial adjustments to their body's alignment. After some preparatory work, students were ready to engage their cores and come up into headstand with legs together.
Some Benefits of headstand are:
- Calms the nervous system (relieves stress)
- Regulates the pituitary and pineal glands (balances hormones)
- Stimulates the brain with fresh oxygenated blood
- Improves digestion
- Builds strength in the arms, legs, and core
Headstand is a pose that takes time and practice to develop. If you missed the workshop, check out one of Beverley's Friday classes and fine tune your practice.