As you know by now, I am an advocate for more than one aspect of fitness. I think that when it comes to developing a well-rounded body, that means incorporating many different styles of training. From bodybuilding to Yoga and Pilates, they are all beneficial when practiced together.
For example, bodybuilders who find themselves getting injured often could most definitely benefit from learning Pilates to build a stronger core and Yoga to improve flexibility/range of motion. On the other hand, a Yogi who may find themselves feeling mobile and flexible may lack the stability required for functional tasks such as lifting heavy things in and out of the car. So incorporating Pilates and Bodybuilding would be a healthy decision.
Being well-rounded = Less Injuries!
Now those are just 3 of my favorites! Of course there are many other options out there to get in shape and maintain a healthy & fit lifestyle.
So today I want to focus on one form of practice: Yoga. Yoga is good for everyone! Is every single pose and stretch good for one person? Not necessarily. That is why it is important to understand the purpose and benefits of each so you can decide for yourself.
So today, the spotlight is on HEADSTANDS.
This is a key pose in Yoga- yet one of the most challenging.
One of the best ways to practice is to do so against a wall.
Set your arms up first. Forearms on the mat with hands cupped together. Then place your head onto your palms. Slowly walk your feet closer towards your hands. Carefully kick your legs up into the headstand with knees straight. Use the wall only momentarily. Hold as long as you can. The more you practice, the less you will need the wall. And eventually you should be able to kick up into it without a wall at all!
(see it in action here)
So let’s cover the benefits of a headstand:
#1 Stress relief by keeping you intensely focused on this one action & not falling over!
#2 Release of endorphins, just like any other exercise!
#3 Glowing skin since being upside down increases blood flow and oxygen towards your head!
#4 Improved digestion since the effects of gravity are reversed!
#5 Physical strength and stability, obviously! The main muscle groups worked in this pose are the shoulders, arms, abs, and glutes.
#6 Decreased fluid retention or swelling in legs due to the elevation of your legs above heart level!