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Hold a head stand for 5 minutes

The head stand is a pose that is an inversion posture of standing head up. The technique is used in different settings, like yoga, breakdancing and beginner gymnastics.

The head stand is called Sirsasana or Sirshasana in Hatha yoga. Although some believe the act of a headstand can increase memory due to "increasing" blood flow to the brain, the act actually pools blood in the head due to gravity greatly increasing the blood pressure to over 150/110. The increased blood pressure is due to the fact the body is designed to be upright and has no mechanism for pumping out blood from the head during a headstand. The increased blood pressure in the head can be damaging to weaker blood vessels, such as those in the eye, which may rupture. To this point there has been no legitimate research on the effects of regularly practicing headstands, but it does seem to be advantageous to core muscles as they can be trained in a fashion they aren't used to.

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“wow this one was challenging, I did it from the first try but the last minute my arms started to hurt from keeping the balance and also the neck. When you finish try to go down very slowly and into the child's pose...I also did few cow to cat poses ”

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Loretta A Hold a head stand for 5 minutes Challenge

Contributorgold Loretta A So I'm holding a headstand, my core is pretty tired and still I am struggling along to see whether I can get the 5 minutes, and I'm holding and holding..... bleeding forgot to start the stopwatch :(

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Cy S Hold a head stand for 5 minutes Challenge

Contributorsilver Cy S 1:45! That's about a minute longer than when I started practicing a couple weeks ago! :) I recommend doing some good shoulder and various other upper body stretches before and after going up. It's really helped me after I had some shoulder tightness for a few days earlier this week.

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Meghan L Hold a head stand for 5 minutes Challenge

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Bj B Hold a head stand for 5 minutes Challenge

Contributorgold Bj B Okay, I'm not going to lie...this challenge is hard! I just held a headstand until I was pretty uncomfortable and had to come down. I looked at my watch, assuming I had been upside-down for a while and... two minutes had gone by. This is going to be harder than I thought and take some time to build up to!

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