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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“This was tough, but once past the three minute mark, the next two were easier. It felt great and was a real boost in the afternoon. Make sure to kneel in child's pose afterward as a counter pose. ”
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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 :(
Sasch M i lasted 3mins tops. 2days later i kicked my buns to give it a go again. 5mins challenge completed, a happy camper but it'll be a looooong time later i attempt this again! ;)))
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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.
Sloane P At a 3 hour master class yesterday, I completed this challenge! It felt amazing to stay in the pose breath after breath.
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Sean M I just started inversions and I was able to get into a headstand last weekend. EEEKKK 5 min...I'll give it a go :)
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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Lisa W I practised this all night last night.. I managed 1 min 40 secs.. I won't be defeated! Great challenge xx
Why not ask for some advice from other Challenge takers, or read some of the Challenge guides first?OK, I'll keep working at it!